About the TRiO Program

TRIO programs are federally funded and authorized under the U.S. Higher Education Act of 1965. Projects are funded through a competitive grant application process. The U.S. Department of Education funding for TRIO programs currently serves over 790,000 low-income Americans. Since 1965, an estimated two million students have graduated from college with the assistance and support of these TRIO programs.

Student Support Services (SSS) is one of eight TRIO programs and has been funded at Stanislaus State since 1975.  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. Programming offers a variety of academic support and retention services which foster academic development, increase understanding of college requirements, and motivate student to complete post-secondary education. Two-thirds of participants served by SSS must come from low-income, first generation families. SSS participants may also receive grant aid (additional eligibility criteria applies).


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