Frequently Asked Questions

What is TRiO Student Support Services?

TRiO/Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally-funded grant program that offers assistance to help students succeed in college. Some services provided include free tutoring, academic advising, cultural and educational activities, workshops, and career counseling.

The Shepherd University TRiO/Student Support Services (SSS) program was designed by the US Dept. of Education to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants who come from limited-income familyis, are first-generation degree-seeking students, and/or students with a documented disability.

Why should I join?

TRiO/SSS provides a supporting community throughout the undergraduate journey. By being a part of the program you will have access to resources such as knowledgeable professionals who will help you to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in college.

Our program offers academic tutoring and skill building, personal assistance and academic advising in post-secondary course selection, information on financial aid programs and financial literacy, benefits and resources for locating scholarships, education and counseling services and assistance in applying to graduate and professional programs.

How much does TRiO/SSS cost to join?

Nothing! This program is completely funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Shepherd University.

What classes will I have to take?

TRiO/SSS requires you to enroll in Philosophy 100, as well as the classes required by your major.

How often will I need to meet with my TRiO/SSS counselor?

Program guidelines state that a student must meet with his/her counselor a minimum of two times a year, although you are encouraged to meet with them as often as needed.