TRIO Student Support Services

Offering tutoring, advising, and other academic resources for students enrolled in this TRIO program.
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Helping you navigate the college experience.

TRIO Student Support Services strives to increase the retention and graduation rates of first-generation students, students who meet federal low-income criteria, and students with disabilities.

Our Services

UW-Stout’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS), funded by federal TRIO grants, provides supplemental academic support and services for its 430 student participants. Student participants have access to the following: 

  • A dedicated TRIO SSS Advisor to assist with your academic, financial, career, and personal goals 
  • Advice and assistance with course selection 
  • Financial wellness and planning support
  • Writing and math tutoring for one-on-one support
  • Peer tutoring & peer coaching 
  • Personal, intercultural, and leadership development
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Tuition & fee waived TRIO SSS 1-credit courses: Strategies for Academic Success and Strategies for Successful Career Development  
  • Workshops, events, and activities

By creating and maintaining a supportive community and fostering a climate that values the social and cultural capital of our students, we aspire to empower them to maximize their potential and achieve their academic, career, and personal goals.


Early Bridge Program

Free early start program for eligible incoming first year students
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SSS Living Community

Supportive living community for incoming and continuing students
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Undergraduate students may apply to Student Support Service's program offerings by meeting the following criteria:

  • Participants must be undergraduate students enrolled at UW-Stout or accepted for enrollment to the university. 
  • Participants must be committed to graduating from UW-Stout.

Additionally, students must meet one of the following criteria:

  • A student who is first-generation 
    Definition: (A) An individual both of whose natural or adoptive parents did not complete a baccalaureate (4 year) degree;
    (B) In the case of any individual who regularly resided with and received support from only one parent, an individual whose only such parent did not complete a baccalaureate (4 year) degree.
    (C) An individual who, prior to the age of 18, did not regularly reside with or receive support from a natural or an adoptive parent. 

    Your signature on the application verifies this criterion. 
  • A student who meets federal low-income criteria
    Definition: A individual from a family whose taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of an amount equal to the poverty level determined by using criteria of poverty established by the Bureau of the Census. We determine financial eligibility based on guidelines for federal TRIO Programs low-income levels using taxable income (not adjusted gross income).  We may need a signature from you (and if you are considered dependent for FAFSA, a parent/guardian signature) and will reach out if we need to verify. 
  • A student with a documented disability and is connected with Disability Services
    Definition: For the purposes of this grant, disability includes physical, learning, or mental health diagnoses. Examples include but are not limited to: depression, anxiety, dyslexia, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, etc. Connect with Disability Services here. We use your Faculty Notification Letter, generated through AIM, as verification of disability and connection with Disability Services.