About TRiO

TRIO programs are federally funded and authorized under the U.S. Higher Education Act of 1965. The programs are named for the original “trio” of programs, which later expanded to a total of eight. Together programs create an academic pipeline, support educational outcomes, and emphasize educational equity. Projects are funded through a competitive grant application process. Currently, more than 800,000 are served by 3,100 programs. Since 1965, over two million students have graduated from college with the assistance and support of TRIO programs. For more information on the various programs TRIO programs, please visit the U.S. Department of Education TRIO website.

TRIO Student Support Services at Stanislaus State

TRIO SSS was the first campus program at Stan State to offer academic support and services specifically designed to address the needs of first-generation and limited income students as well as students with disabilities. Since it's inception, the program has consistently met or exceeded project objects designed to reduced and eliminate inequity in educational attainment through the use of research-based best practices.


TRIO Student Support Services at Stanislaus State aspires to increase educational access, opportunities, experiences, and achievement of income eligible and first-generation students as well as students with disabilities.


TRIO Student Support Services at Stanislaus State commits to intentional programming, which motivates and supports students in the successful completion of higher education through academic development and understanding of college requirements. We empower students to embrace who they are and take ownership of their college experience.


  • Student-centered: We foster a supportive environment, which embraces diverse student needs, interests, and aspirations.
  • Knowledge: We support experiences, programs, and services that develop the whole student for life-long learning and success.
  • Growth: We adapt and learn from our shared experiences, both positive and negative.
  • Engagement: We promote meaningful connections and interpersonal relationships among students and the campus community.