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Student Support Services (SSS) is one of seven federal TRIO programs, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, for students who are serious about graduating from college. SSS helps students to stay in college until they earn their baccalaureate degrees. If you are willing to take advantage of academic, financial, and other services to achieve your goals, contact us today at 605.642.6824.


Students can qualify for SSS if they meet one of three eligibility criteria identified by the U.S. Department of Education. Congress authorized TRIO programs to serve students who qualify under the following guidelines:

  • Low Income:
    Taxable income (adjusted gross income minus deductions and exemptions - line 10 of the 1040 Tax Return) falls below the levels in this chart. (Students must supply a copy of the 2019 federal income tax return for parents if dependent or themselves if independent.)
  • First Generation:
    Neither parent (natural or adoptive) has completed a 4-year bachelor's degree.
  • Disability:
    Documentation of a physical, psychological, or learning disability that may limit the student's ability to participate in educational experiences and opportunities in college.

Students who meet one or more of these criteria and who are U.S. citizens (or nationals of the U.S. or meet the residency requirements for federal student financial assistance) are eligible to apply. 

Students who are selected must demonstrate academic potential and academic need, as indicated by ACT scores, high school grades or class rank, possession of a GED, instructor recommendations, previous college attempts, and other factors.

Ready to Apply: Fill out the application online at the link above or visit the SSS office in Woodburn Hall Office #139 or send an email to Ashley Kirchner to get started.

SSS Makes a Difference...
'I have fought every step for a better education. TRIO has helped on the journey of not only finding the perfect place to earn my degree but to help find myself in the process. I have never been happier than I am right now. I am working toward what I love and having a great time in the meantime. TRIO has helped with school [and] with social problems - they are like a family away from home. I feel comfortable going to anyone in the TRIO office about any problem I may have. The people in TRIO are caring people and [it] does not matter...who a person may be or what has happened. It is a close group of amazing people that will stand together to help each other succeed. Anyone who has been part of TRIO is truly blessed. TRIO is much more than just another program on campus.' - Amanda, 2nd year student