About the TRiO Program

The Student Support Services Program has resided on the Stanislaus State campus since 1975. The Program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education TRIO Programs and is part of the original TRIO programs established under the Title IV Higher Education Act of 1965.

Today, there are several TRIO programs, aside from Student Support Services, programs include Talent Search, Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Centers and Ronald McNair Postgraduate Achievement Programs.

The U.S. Department of Education has funded TRIO programs that currently serve over 730,000 Americans.  Since 1965, an estimated two million students have graduated from college with the assistance and support of TRIO programs. As mandated by Congress, two-thirds of the students served must come from low income, first generation families.

The goal of SSS is to increase college retention and graduation rates of its participants and to help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next. SSS provides grant aid to current eligible SSS participants.

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