TRIO Student Support Services Program


 TRIO Student Support Services Program


The TRIO SSS Program is for first-generation college students, those students whose parents have not completed undergraduate studies at a four-year university. The program also serves those who meet certain income criteria and students with documented disabilities. The program propels students at Michigan State University towards academic success and graduation.


Join us in supporting you as a first-generation scholar at MSU!

  • Learn how college works and how to make it work for you
  • Make MSU feel smaller by joining our community
  • Connect with a team who have shared your experiences
  • Receive coaching on how to build your strengths and find your purpose at MSU
  • Get support for academic, personal, and professional needs
  • Experience unique opportunities to give back and contribute to the community


Joining TRIO is a simple three step process:

  • Complete a program application.
  • Program staff will review your application for eligibility. If you are eligible, we will email you a verification form and program agreement.
  • Complete and sign both the verification form and program agreement. Note: some forms may require parent/guardian signatures depending on your status.


Program Benefits:

  • Small supportive community of professionals and peers
  • Dedicated TRIO Peer Coach to support your personal goals
  • Dedicated TRIO Professional Coach/academic advisor to establish and support academic goals
  • Academic support for common courses
  • Financial aid and financial literacy assistance
  • Graduate school preparation services
  • Three-week summer program for incoming first-year students
  • Leadership development, professional development, and community service opportunities


Program Eligibility:

  • First-generation: Neither parent or guardian has graduated from a four-year college or university (students whose parents earned a college degree in another country, unfortunately, are not considered first generation)… OR/AND
  • Income-qualified: Determined from evaluating federal taxable income information (see the how to join page for more information on income)… OR/AND
  • Have a documented disability.
  • Students must also be a U.S. citizen (or eligible non-citizen/resident alien)


Applications are now open and have with a priority deadline of May 1st. Applications will be accepted after May 1st, but students are encouraged to apply early.

To apply, please visit


*For next academic year applications will open during the Fall 2021 semester and have a priority deadline of May 1st

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