What is TRIO?

TRIO Programs were the first national college access and retention programs to address the serious social and cultural barriers to education in America. The three original TRIO programs were Upward Bound (created in 1964), Educational Talent Search (1965), and Student Support Services (1968). These three programs provided the umbrella term “TRIO”. There are now eight TRIO programs.

Through this federally funded program, our mission at Spring Hill College is to provide these support services for students:

  • Develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and attributes to complete a post-secondary education.
  • Achieve maximum academic success and career readiness.
  • Graduate as skilled, self-actualizing professionals and global citizens who lead through best practices and lifelong learning.

How can we help?

Through our TRIO services, we will work with students to increase college success and graduation rates of all participants.

Who is eligible?

Individuals with an academic need who also meet ONE of the following eligibility requirements:

Size of Family Unit Income 48 States Income Alaska Income Hawaii

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $8,070 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $10,095 for Alaska; and $9,285 for Hawaii.

The term “low-income individual” means an individual whose family’s taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register on January 17, 2024 and are effective as of January 11, 2024.

  • Documented disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

What we offer

How do I apply?

Download the TRIO application form

You may also contact us at sssprogram@shc.edu or call us at 251-380-3470.

TRIO SSS Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

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