Neighborhood Student Success Center (NSSC)

TRIO Student Support Services Program

TRIO Student Support Services Program

About TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program

The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program at Michigan State University is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It aims to create opportunities for academic development, aid students in meeting essential college requirements, and inspire those who are first-generation, income-eligible, or have documented disabilities to successfully complete their post-secondary education. The primary objective of TRIO SSS is to enhance college retention and graduation rates among its participants. Within the MSU TRIO SSS Program, students are granted access to customized cultural activities that facilitate their adjustment to university life and enable them to build strong relationships with peers, instructors, and advisors.

About First-Gen Forward Initiative

Neighborhood Student Success Center (NSSC) and the TRIO Student Support Services program steer first-generation students in the right direction by providing access to resources and support. These efforts recently earned MSU acceptance into the Center for First-Generation Student Success’s First-Gen Forward Cohort in 2021. More information can be found here.

Join us in supporting you as a TRIO SSS Scholar at MSU!

  • Learn how college works and how to make it work for you
  • Make MSU feel smaller by joining our community
  • Connect with a team who have shared your experiences
  • Receive coaching on how to build your strengths and find your purpose at MSU
  • Get support for academic, personal, and professional needs
  • Experience unique opportunities to give back and contribute to the community

This program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Federal TRIO Programs, which are a set of opportunity programs that motivate and support first-generation, low-income students in successfully pursuing post-secondary degrees. TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and success. Student Support Services (SSS) is one of the numerous programs that currently make up TRIO. TRIO can trace its roots to the passage of the Higher Education Act of 1965

Student Support Services (SSS), is the largest and most expansive program promoting college success for first-generation, low-income students, and students with disabilities as it provides academic tutoring, personal coaching, and other supports necessary for such students to persist and ultimately graduate from college. SSS was created precisely because Congress recognized that financial aid alone is insufficient to ensure college completion.

Designed with first-gen students in mind, this program supports students in their transition from high school to college and beyond. Each scholar in the program is assigned a peer and professional coach to work with during their entire undergraduate career until graduation. Peer and professional coaches are dedicated to building academic skills, helping scholars navigate the university experience and supporting personal growth. Students who actively participate in the program every semester are eligible for scholarship funding at the end of year academic year.