TRiO / Student Support Services
What are the TRiO and Student Support Services Programs?
According to the Department of Education, "the Federal TRIO Program [is an] educational opportunity outreach program designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds...to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities.
"The [Student Support Services] program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education....The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next."
Who Qualifies for TRiO/SSS at UMass Dartmouth?
In addition to our regular services, the ARC offers additional Student Support Services to any student who is a citizen or national of the United States (or who meets the residency requirements for financial aid) and who meets at least one of the following requirements:
- First Generation—Mother, Father or Guardian without a four-year college degree.
- Low-Income—as determined by the Department of Education. Check the federal income guidelines.
- Documented physical or learning disability.
What can the UMass Dartmouth SSS Program Provide?
Once you become a client, you may be eligible for our many services, which include:
- Academic assistance
- Cultural Enrichment Opportunities
- Calculator Loan Program
- Additional Grant Aid Supplement (Supplemental Pell)
- Assistance choosing the right classes
There will be times that you will need assistance while attending this University. Our goal is to focus on the personal success of all eligible students. Why not take advantage of the wide range of services we offer free of charge? The Outreach Counselor fosters a one-on-one approach to guarantee the success of first-generation or low-income clients.