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Student Support Services

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To encourage and assist 200 students, traditionally under-represented because of income; family educational background; disability; or other relevant federal, state, provincial, or institutional criteria, in completing a post-secondary education.

The Student Support Services (SSS) program assists program participants by:

  • Serving as advocates for access to higher education
  • Providing services to assist individuals in achieving their educational goals
  • Facilitating the educational development of participants served
  • Promoting a multi cultural environment to assist participants with diverse backgrounds and learning styles
  • Collaborating with institutions, organizations, and communities to promote an environment conducive to the completion of a post-secondary education

Applicants must meet at least one of the following:

  • First-generation college student (neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree)
  • Demonstrate economic need (as defined by Federal guidelines)
  • Have a documented disability

Successful applicants must demonstrate potential to graduate, as well as, complete an application and interview process.

Why Join Trio?

  • 200 or more students served each academic year
  • 71% retention rate of TRIO/SSS participants
  • 94% of TRIO/SSS participants maintain good academic standing with the university
  • Individual and group tutoring
  • Assistance from a student support services coach
  • Career planning and counseling
  • Support for students with disabilities
  • Workshops on academic personal and financial topics
  • TRIO networking
  • Peer mentorship & internships
  • Educational supplies
  • Academic advising and planning
This information is currently being updated and will be available at a later time. Thanks!


(573) 651-2512
University Center Room 206

TRIO/Student Support Services
One University Plaza, MS1350
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701