Student Support Services

What is TRIO Student Support Services?

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program by the Department of Education designed to serve students who meet federal family income guidelines, who are first-generation college students (neither parent(s) nor guardian(s) has earned a four-year college degree), and/or who with documented disabilities. We do this through knowledge and advocacy.

The mission of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants while facilitating the transition from one level of education to the next. SSS provides opportunities for academic and personal development, assists with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students to successfully complete their postsecondary education.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for TRIO Student Support Services, you must meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria:

  • First-Generation: Neither parent or guardian has earned a bachelor’s (four-year) degree
  • Low-Income: an individual whose family’s taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty level. For more information on current year income levels, visit the Federal Trio Programs Income Levels website.
  • Documented Disability: a person with a disability as that term is defined in 12102 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Perks of the Program


As a SSS participant, you will have access to the following services:

  • Priority Registration
  • Additional individualized academic and personal support and advocacy
  • Opportunities for grant aid scholarships
  • Help with FAFSA, understanding loans, selecting classes, and more!

Grant Aid

  • Each year SSS grants up to $1,500 dollars to eligible participants to help with education costs at UW-Superior. To be eligible for the scholarship you must be an accepted and active member of TRIO Student Support Services at UWS. If you are interested in joining TRIO SSS, you must first complete the application. Applying for the grant aid scholarship does not guarantee you will be awarded the scholarship.
  • Applications open September 1 and close September 30 each year. Applications outside of the time frame will not be considered.
  • To be eligible, you must meet the following qualifications:
    • Be enrolled at UWS and be an active participant in TRIO SSS
    • Demonstrate progressive academic achievement toward graduation and have a GPA of 2.0+.
  • Receive the Federal Pell Grant, determined by the Office of Financial Aid.
  • If your current financial aid is maxed out for this academic year, the grant will be credited to any loans you have taken out. If you have maxed out your financial aid this year and you have no loans, you cannot be awarded the grant.

You must apply to join TRIO Student Support Services:


For any questions, please email, call (715)-394-8043. You can also reach out to us in our office in Swenson 2047 or reach out to any SSS staff member.