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.

Available Services

Academic Advising

Our Academic Advisors are here to see that you receive consistent and accurate information on the general education curriculum, major course requirements, career guidance, personal counseling, financial aid information, and information about campus services to assist you in making sound decisions about your education. Advisors will support and assist you in clarifying your goals and objectives as well as help you find solutions to your personal concerns. All SSS students are required to meet with their assigned Academic Advisor at least two times a semester.

Peer Mentoring

Students assisting students! These well-trained, informed individuals act as our lines of communication. They work closely with you throughout the year. They help keep our professional staff in tune with the everyday needs of our students. All SSS students must meet with a Peer Mentor a minimum of two times a semester.

Tutoring Services

One-on-one or group tutoring are offered for SSS participants in partnership with the Stan State Learning Commons. Log into StanTutor with your Stan State credentials to book an appointment. Students can book one-time or weekly recurring appointments. Have a class with Supplemental Instruction? Find your SI session days and times by visiting the SI Session Schedule webpage.

Writing Assistance

Individual appointments with a Writing Specialist provide assistance to improve reading and writing skills for academic and career success. Developing life-long strategies for studying and writing essays is important to being a successful writer and student. The Writing Specialist is here to help develop a writer’s toolbox set of techniques and tips for the writing process to help clarify questions, comments, and writing-related concerns.


Workshops are offered at NO CHARGE! Throughout the academic year, diverse workshops are offered on academic success, financial literacy, career planning, and writing proficiency. Workshops are designed to increase understanding of campus resources, improve academic writing, build skills needed to overcome challenges to educational success, and more! View the Calendar of Events for dates and times.

Updated: April 18, 2024