TRIO Student Support Services: Resource for Faculty and Staff

TRiO SSS Brochure

What is TRiO - Student Support Services (SSS)?

The mission of TRiO SSS is to provide individualized academic resources and advising to eligible students by developing academic plans and goals, enhancing the student’s college experience and creating an institutional climate of support.


TRiO is Educational Opportunity for Low-Income and Disabled Americans. Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These initial three programs were funded under the Higher Education Act of 1965.


Is TRiO SSS a tutoring program 
for disadvantaged students?

All students admitted to the program have some level of academic need that is based on transcript data, study skills mastery, college and career goals, understanding of financial aid, test scores, college readiness, ESL, and/or other issues that can impact their ability to succeed.


Each student meets with an Academic Coach to develop a success plan which is then updated annually by the student. The Academic Coach will recommend services and offer referrals.


What we offer:

  • Academic Coaching
  • Personal & Group Tutoring
  • College Transfer Services
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • TRiO Grant Aid (if applicable)
  • Study Center with computers
  • Academic Resources


What are the benefits to the 
student from a referral to SSS?

The goal of TRiO Student Support Services at Cincinnati State is to increase the college retention and graduation rates among the participants and facilitate the process of training from one level of higher education to the next.


How do we know if a student qualifies?

You can refer a student to our office and allow us to point the student in the right direction. Students complete an application to enroll into the program. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be a first generation college student (neither parents nor guardian has a bachelor’s degree).
  • Meet federal income guidelines as outlined by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Have a documented disability by a certifying professional.


How do I know if a TRiO student is in my class?

Students registered with the TRIO SSS program are identified in Datatel and Starfish. If the student is brand new to our services, Datatel and Starfish may not have been updated.


When should I refer a student to the SSS office?

We are looking for degree or certificate seeking students who plan to transfer to a 4 year college or university. Students who are the first in their families to attend college and have overall adjustment issues to college life despite the ability to do the work are excellent candidates. The best candidate is the one whose grade is between a C & a D, yet has the potential to achieve a passing grade for the course with some tutoring or other intervention.


How should I make the refferal?

Contact the SSS office at 131B, Main Building, Clifton Campus. If you have any questions, please call (513) 569- 4797, email, or suggest that your student visit our office 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.



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