TRIO/Student Support Services

What is TRIO - SSS?

TRIO is composed of several federal grant funded programs that provide services and opportunities to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The University of Dubuque has been serving students through the Student Support Services (SSS) program since 2010.

Benefits & Opportunities

  • Peer and professional tutoring.
  • Academic advising to help you better understand your degree requirements and major and career options. Student can also schedule advising meetings by logging in to WC Online:
    • Explore Career Cruising for further information on career interest areas.
  • Workshops to learn more about time management, study skills, financial aid, graduate school prep, budgeting, writing, test taking strategies, etc.
  • New experiences through attending activities or events, such as UD Tailgate, snow skiing and snowboarding, ice skating, a boat cruise on the Mississippi River, performing arts shows, etc.
  • Scholarships offered each fall and spring semester.
  • Individual support and mentoring by all TRIO staff throughout students' tenure at UD.

Participant & Staff Testimonials

  • Hear about the benefits of UD's TRIO - Student Support Services program directly from some our participants and professional staff!  Click Here

TRIO Scholarship Requirements

Students enrolled in UD's TRIO - SSS program must:

  • Meet with their TRIO advisor each fall and spring semester to create an individual "Action Plan for Success" to help guide each student's path to academic and personal achievement
  • Schedule and attend a Midterm Meeting and other academic-related meetings as agreed to in the "Action Plan for Success."
  • Earn a minimum of six (6) participation points each fall and spring semester. Points are earned when students meet for tutoring or advising sessions and attend and actively engage in various TRIO-sponsored workshops, events, and activities.
  • Be registered for the upcoming semester (First and second year students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours, and students in their third year and beyond must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours) 

Eligibility Criteria

TRIO is a program provided to undergraduate students who are enrolled at the University of Dubuque, are a US citizen or permanent resident and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  •  Low income as determined by federal guidelines
  •  First generation college student (neither parent has received a Bachelors Degree)
  •  Have a documented disability

How to Join:

To be considered for the TRIO - SSS program at the University of Dubuque, you will need to complete the TRIO Application 2017‌ and return it to the Academic Success Center (Library, 2nd floor).  A program staff will review your application and then follow up with you for an intake meeting.

UD TRIO - SSS Vision

All UD TRIO – SSS participants will achieve their educational goals, leading to a fulfilling career and meaningful life.


The University of Dubuque’s TRIO-SSS program seeks to foster the academic, personal, financial and career success of participants by empowering them to take ownership of their future through holistic advising, professional tutoring and peer mentoring. The program also offers opportunities for participants to enrich their college experience with additional educational, cultural and career-readiness activities.