What is TRIO Student Support Services?
TRIO Student Support Services offers services to 160 first-generation, low-income, and/or students with disabilities as they pursue a college degree from Ivy Tech. Specifically, our goal is to provide individualized support to eligible students seeking to complete a degree or certificate from Ivy Tech within a three-year timeframe. Admission to our program is not automatic; it is a privilege as we are limited in the number of students we can serve. Furthermore, you will be required to use certain services based upon our assessment of your needs.
TRIO activities are free and exclusive to participants. If you are a student who has been away from school for some time, a brand new student who feels unprepared for college, or a student who is wondering if you can succeed, TRIO Student Support Services might be the right place for you.
Who is eligible for TRIO Student Support Services?*
The following criteria apply to ALL applicants:
- Be a U.S. citizen or national; or eligible for Federal student aid.
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast in addition to needing academic support to complete a college degree or certificate from Ivy Tech within a three-year timeframe.
- Be willing to maintain a 2.0 GPA.
An applicant must be ANY of the following:
- A first-generation college student (neither parent completed a four-year bachelor’s degree)
- A low-income individual, according to Federal guidelines (In general, this means eligibility for a Pell Grant.)
- An individual with a documented disability registered with Disability Support Services
* Other criteria may apply
What does TRIO Student Support Services provide to participants?
- Motivation, Encouragement, and Accountability: According to current TRIO students, these are TRIO’s most valuable services, aspects that are woven through every other part of the TRIO program.
- Personalized Education Planning with Continuous Academic Monitoring: An Individualized Education Plan is the culmination of a process of assessment and goal-setting. This plan is reviewed and amended regularly with written and verbal feedback.
- Regular Advising and Mentoring: Continuous advising for academic and life purposes with regards to degree programs, financial aid, other College offices, community services, referrals, etc.
- Tutoring: TRIO Support Specialists provide between 50 - 90 hours of weekly, walk-in tutoring every semester in the TRIO Resource Center, an exclusive TRIO computer lab.
- Personal Problem Solving: The TRIO staff listens and offers feedback on a variety of student issues and needs.
- Financial and Economic Literacy: Money matters whether we like it or not. The TRIO staff provides financial aid advising, helps with scholarship searches and applications, and teaches about the various aspects of financial literacy that may distinguish success from failure.
- Extracurricular and Cultural Events: Participation is encouraged in Student Life organizations like Phi Theta Kappa, the Campus Activities Board, and the Student Government Association. TRIO students often become campus leaders and organization officers. Free tickets are sometimes provided to local community productions, and the TRIO staff coordinates several volunteer, community-service initiatives each year.
- Blackboard Community / Online Communication: An online Blackboard community provides 24/7 access with up-to-date information and resources. The TRIO staff also sends regular email announcements to program participants and provides tutoring for many of the College’s online communication systems.
- Workshop Seminars: Close to 30 workshop seminars are conducted every semester, including budgeting, note-taking, overcoming test anxiety, navigating financial aid, problem solving, time management, quick cooking tips, healthy personal relationships, and more.
- Life and Study Skills: Since life cannot be separated from the college experience, many TRIO services provide emphasis on both life and study skills. Many TRIO students juggle the commitments of family and work while attending school, and the TRIO staff works to respect these obligations while encouraging and supporting educational progress.
- Computer Loans: TRIO students have the option of checking out a laptop loan.
- Monthly Newsletter: The TRIO Tribune is published each month and includes a synthesis of both College information and program announcements along with study tips, guidance, and important news and deadlines.
- Early Warning System: Instructors are asked to notify the TRIO program of grades below passing and absences that could cause a problem. The program’s goal is to intervene early before a small problem becomes a large and unmanageable crisis.
What is TRIO Student Support Services' success rate?
Nationally, students in TRIO SSS are more than twice as likely to remain in college than those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program.
How do I apply for TRIO Student Support Services?
TRIO is constantly accepting applicants, both new students and those closer to graduation. A student who wants to succeed may apply at any time by completing an application. Contact the program office by calling, e-mailing, or stopping by.
As a TRIO participant, what will be expected of me?
Admission to TRIO is a privilege, as we are limited in the number of students we can serve. Furthermore, students are required to use certain services based upon our assessment of their needs. Most TRIO activities are free and exclusive to TRIO participants! We have a selective application process that includes an interview with program staff that assesses both need and ability to benefit. If accepted into TRIO, students sign a provisional contract, which should be previewed here.