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TRIO Student Support Services

Helping First-Generation Students

TRIO Student Support Services provides first-generation college students and others who demonstrate academic need with support as they navigate the college journey. The program offers support services and resources in a positive, engaging environment to help students navigate college, build their sense of belonging and confidence, and strengthen their self-efficacy.

What is TRIO Student Support Services?

TRIO Student Support Services is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education and provides opportunities for academic development to motivate students toward successful completion of postsecondary education. Services are available for first-generation students, those from low-income families, and those with disabilities requiring learning accommodations—all of whom demonstrate academic need. Through its services, the program aim to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants.

Program Distinctives

  • Academic success coaching with support for your Academic Support Achievement Plan
  • Advising and assistance in postsecondary course selection
  • Information and assistance with applying for financial aid
  • Education services designed to improve financial and economic literacy
  • Workshops on a variety of helpful topics such as study skills, learning styles, financial literacy, applying for scholarships, and stress management
  • Exposure to cultural events and academic programs
  • Academic tutoring and supplemental instruction
  • Career counseling, career exploration workshops, and assessments
  • Workshop from APU’s Counseling Center on available services and navigating college social life
  • Professional development and leadership opportunities, including an Etiquette Dinner and the Achieve Series Conference
  • Priority registration

Students must apply to become part of TRIO Student Support Services. View the criteria and how to apply below.

Am I Eligible For TRIO SSS?

To be eligible, an applicant must be enrolled at Azusa Pacific University or accepted for enrollment in the next academic term. In addition, each applicant must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a first-generation college student (i.e., neither parent has a bachelor’s degree)
  • Meet income guidelines: Based on family’s taxable income as determined by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Have a documented physical or learning disability requiring accommodations (verification required through Accessibility and Disability Resources)

If you have questions regarding your eligibility, contact [email protected].

How Do I Apply?

If you are interested in applying to TRIO SSS, submit an online application or schedule a meeting with TRIO SSS staff. If you’d like more information, email [email protected] or call our office at (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2441. Once an application is submitted, applicants will be contacted by email for next steps.