the U.S. Department of Education grant continues the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program, on campus at MSU since 1974.

The Office of Supportive Services received a $3.9 Million 5-year TRIO Student Support Services Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This grant continues the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program, which has been on campus at MSU since 1974 and is part of a national suite of programs that support educational equity and student success. The program is housed within the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative as part of the unit’s mission to close opportunity gaps for underserved students by increasing persistence, retention, and developing support networks for increased graduation rates.

TRIO SSS at MSU supports the success of over 600 eligible students annually who identify as first-generation college students, income qualified, or students with disabilities. As one of the largest TRIO SSS programs in the country, the program provides intensive services to reduce equity gaps and systemic barriers to success within higher education. Services include academic coaching and advising, financial education, academic skills support, graduate school preparation, and peer mentoring, to name a few. In addition, students participate in a summer-bridge program and a first-year seminar that supports college transition and builds a close-knit sense of community and belonging for students.

TRIO SSS program participation is open to qualified new, continuing, and transfer students. Students can apply to participate via a simple online application. More information is available on the NSSC website.

Please contact Christina Finley at for more information or questions regarding the program.