Application Status: (2024 - 2025) ~ Open

Priority Application Date: June 21th, 2024

Before You Start the Application

To apply to the program please check the Eligbility Requirements and see if you’re eligible. If you are, please read through the application process and follow the steps. If you have any questions refer to FAQ located on this page, or contact us. Our program’s information will be located on the Contact Us page.

Eligbility Requirements

To be eligible for TRIO (SSS/ASPIRE) Program services, federal guidelines dictate that students must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident and
  • Non EOP participant and
  • One or more of the following:
    • First-generation college student (neither parent nor legal guardian has earned a bachelor's degree) and/or
    • Low-income (determined by the Federal TRIO Low Income Levelsand/or
    • Have a documented disability (To document your disability with the university please contact the AEC)

Application Process

  1. Write an Essay for Your Application
    Essay Requirements:

    • 2 pages
    • Double spaced
    • 12-font
    • Essay format
    • Answers the following questions:
      • What are your academic goals and how will SSS TRIO help you accomplish them?
      • What is your biggest academic need at the moment?
      • Please share anything else about yourself to help us get to know you

  2. Attach a Clear Photo of Yourself

  3. Once you have competed your essay and gotten your photo, please fill out the SSS TRIO Application linked below.
    You will attatch both to the application when prompted. 

                                 APPLY HERE

What to Expect After Applying

Typically once submitting an application, expect to recieve your response to your submission from us from between 3 or 4 weeks on average. However this depends on when the application was submitted.

  • Applications are reviewed in batches and those received by the priority deadline are in the first review batch.
  • Applications received after the priority deadline are reviewed in a weekly batch until the program is full.
  • Applications that arrive after the program is full will be placed on a waitlist until space becomes available. Pending applications are kept in a secure file for one calendar year.
  • Students who miss the priority deadline are encouraged to inquire if space is still available before submitting an application.

Please Note - The program is often full after the first review batch. To increase your chances of addmitance apply before the calendar date.

About "TRIO Day" Orientation

Newly Admitted Students must attend TRIO SSS Welcome Days where they can gain insight into campus resources and build community. Those in attendance will:

  • Connect and network with fellow TRIO peers, faculty, and staff
  • Make new friendships and connections with your peers before the start of the academic year
  • Gain valuable knowledge and resources on campus 
  • Build community while doing fun activities 

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