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TRiO SSS Brochure

What is TRIO Student Support Services?

The mission of TRIO Student Support Services (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 provides educational opportunity for low-income and disabled Americans.

Starting with the Higher Education Act of 1965, 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.

Is TRIO SSS a tutoring program for disadvantaged students?

Students are admitted to the program because of 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 (if applicable), and/or other issues that can impact the student's ability to succeed in college.


Each student meets with an Academic Coach to develop a success plan that is updated annually by the student. The Academic Coach also recommends services and offers referrals to other support services.


TRIO SSS services include:

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

How do students benefit from TRIO SSS?

The goal of TRIO Student Support Services at Cincinnati State is to increase college retention and graduation rates among the participants, and help students learn to progress from one level of higher education to the next.


How do I know if a student qualifies for TRIO SSS?

If you refer a student to the TRIO office, we will point the student in the right direction.

Students must 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 (parents or guardian have not earned a bachelor’s degree)
  • Meet federal income guidelines as outlined by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Have a disability documented 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 Colleague and in Starfish. If the student is brand new to our services, Datatel and Starfish may not have been updated. Faculty members receive periodic progress report forms (via Starfish) for TRIO students.


When should I refer a student to TRIO?

TRIO seeks students who are earning a degree or certificate and plan to transfer and continue their education at a four-year college or university.

Students who are excellent candidates for TRIO are the first in their family to attend college and may be having trouble adjusting to college life but also have the ability to do the work. Often, these students are earning grades between C and D, but have the potential to achieve a passing course grade with tutoring or other intervention.


How should I refer a student to TRIO SSS?

  • Visit the TRIO SSS office at 131B, Main Building (Clifton Campus). The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Call (513) 569- 4797
  • Send email to Gretchen Cook (
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