Student Support Services

TRIO

About Student Support Services

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRIO program designed to provide activities and services to qualifying students who need academic support and meet at least one of the specific criteria below. For more information about Student Support Services and other TRIO programs, visit U.S. Department of Education TRIO.

What You Get

  • Three Advising Sessions Each Semester
    Students will meet with advisors three times each semester. This will allow advisors to see the student at key times both to assess how the current semester is going and to make plans for future semesters.

  • Academic Alert
    Staff will help make sure students are doing well in classes before the end of the semester, so we can help with tutoring and workshops before grades come out.

  • Tutoring & Peer Mentoring
    Tutors have been hired to help SSS participants academically. Tutoring is free and available to all participants in most subjects. Participants will also be assigned a peer mentor who will reach out to them socially and help them adjust to college life.

  • Workshops
    In conjunction with the Academic Advising Office, the SSS office will offer a variety of workshops to participants, including: test-taking strategies, major and career exploration, note-taking strategies, stress management tools, understanding financial aid and scholarship opportunities, time management strategies, and transfer tips.

  • Cultural Activities & Campus Visits
    Each semester, a group of participants will be taken to a metropolitan area to experience a cultural activity such as a play, symphony, ballet, etc. Students will also be taken to colleges to help them decide where they might want to transfer, including the opportunity to visit an out-of-state college or university.

How You Qualify

You must be registered/accepted to USU Eastern, be a U.S. citizen, demonstrate an academic need, be seeking a bachelor's degree and meet at least one of the following criteria.

  • First Generation
    Neither of your parents received a four-year degree before you turned 18.

  • Low Income
    Your income falls below income level in the federal table. (You will typically qualify as low-income if you are receiving financial aid such as a PELL grant.)

  • Disability
    You have a documented disability and will register with the USU Disability Resource Center (DRC).