What is TRiO?
The TRIO Programs were originally established by the federal government in 1965 to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance.
TRIO programs are very effective and many students from low-income families depend on these programs to succeed academically in high school and have graduated from college with the special assistance and support of our nation's TRIO programs. In addition, one TRIO program in particular, the Ronald E. McNair post Baccalaureate Achievement, is one of only a few programs in America that encourages low-income and minority undergraduates to prepare for Doctoral study.
Although 11 million Americans critically need to access the TRIO programs, federal funding permits fewer than 7 percent of eligible youth and adults. In many communities, the TRIO programs are some of the only programs that help students to overcome class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education.
Who are we?
TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Program is a federally funded program designed to help eligible students stay in school, graduate, and transfer to a 4-year institution. Students who qualify may utilize any of the free services listed below. Cambridge students are also eligible to apply. Every year, 80% of our TRiO SSS students maintain good academic standing and 70% stay in school the following year, graduate, and/or transfer to another school.
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Why should you join TRiO Student Support Services?
Individualized tutoring one hour a week per subject
Assistance with registering for courses
Support with study skills, time management, and test anxiety
Assistance with applying for financial aid
Transfer and career planning
There are also specific programs for Veterans and STEM areas of study.
Do you qualify?
To qualify, students must have a high school diploma or GED and meet one or more of the following criteria:
first-generation college student (neither parent graduated from a 4-year college)
Prospective students meet with TRiO Student Support Services staff to discuss eligibility, the services they need, and program requirements before they are admitted to the program.
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