TRIO Student Support Services

The TRIO Program is a Title IV/TRIO Student Support Services Program (SSSP) funded by the US Department of Education and the University of Providence. TRIO/SSSP is committed to helping low-income, first generation college students, and those with disabilities achieve a bachelor’s degree. The program’s mission is to increase retention and graduation rates by offering academic and personal support.

During the academic year, TRIO/SSSP students receive individual and group advising to foster positive study habits and academic success. Students can take advantage of a comfortable learning environment, financial literacy sessions, leadership opportunities, cultural excursions, graduate school visits and exciting academic workshops. There is no participation cost to the student.

Program Services

  • Academic Assistance: provides a comprehensive educational support plan
  • Professional and Peer Tutoring: tutors provide additional instructions for any course
  • Mentoring: assistance with transitioning from high school to college and beyond
  • Financial Literacy Training: FAFSA application assistance and scholarship information
  • Career Counseling: provides resume writing and job searching skills
  • Cultural Enrichment: campus sponsored events, community concerts, symphony, museums, and other events
  • Computerized Assessments: Learning Style and Personality Type Tests
  • Workshops: provide study skills tips, test-taking strategies and other academic development
  • Disability Services: provides students with a documented disability note-takers, books in audio format, extended test-taking time in a quiet setting, sign language interpreter, and assistive technology
  • Other Services: computer assistance, leadership opportunities, and supplemental grant aid

Program Eligibility

Federal regulations require that the participants be a U.S. citizen and be at least one of the following:

  • Low income students (according to TRIO Federal Guidelines),
  • First generation college students (primary care provider did not graduate from a 4-year institution),
  • Students with a documented disability.

For more information, please stop by the TRIO Center located in Sullivan Hall, call 406-791-5915 or e-mail the center at: or visit

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