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Who We Are


TRIO/SSS is a student success program that assists students in their transition to The University of Providence, providing them holistic support during their time at University of Providence.

The core of the program consists of centralized academic advising, personal education plans for each student, and intentional connections to academic support and engagement offerings across campus.

Other program components include, but are not limited to:

  • Face-to-face interaction with student support advisors
  • Registration conferences to assist students as they register for spring, summer, and fall classes for the first time on their own
  • Application support for FAFSA, and school sponsored grants and scholarships
  • Transition assistance with a student‚Äôs perspective graduate college during the spring semester
  • Additional advisement and academic support if necessary

What TRIO Offers

Personal Education Plans (PEP) feature a customized combination of programs and services for each student. In addition to their TRIO/SSS advisor, students have the benefit of a customized personalized education plan to support their holistic development and provide them the tools to reach their academic and personal goals in their first year. These plans feature a customized combination of programs and services for each student, a sample of which can include:

Academic Support
  • Individualized academic advising
  • Time management and study skills
  • Individualized writing support
  • Four-year academic planning
  • Assistance finding research and fellowship opportunities
Financial Support
  • Access to TRIO/SSS lending library of class textbooks
  • Workshops on financial literacy and tax preparation
  • Help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Assistance identifying and applying for scholarships and alternative financial aid sources
Personal & Social Support
  • Community building with other first- generation, low-income students, and students with disabilities
  • Individual counseling with appropriate referrals to on- and off-campus resources
  • Fun and informative social and cultural events
  • Leadership opportunities within the TRIO, Student Support Service communities
Career Support
  • Help writing resumes and cover letters
  • Support finding jobs and internships
  • Support with leadership development and resume building
  • Graduate school and career exploration trips
  • Assistance in applying to graduate and professional degree programs

How to Find Us


The TRIO center is located on the first floor of Sullivan Hall.




Who May Apply:


Primary Requirements

Participants must meet all three of the requirements below.

  • Is a citizen or national of the United States or¬†meets the residency requirements¬†for Federal student financial assistance.
  • Is enrolled or accepted for enrollment at the University of Providence
  • Has a need for academic support, as determined by The University of Providence.


Secondary Requirements

In addition to meeting all three of the above requirements, participants must also meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • From a limited-income household ‚Äď Guidelines are determined by the number of family members living in your household and the household taxable income amount from the year prior to application to SSS.
  • Is first generation college student ‚ÄstFrom the household in which you primarily grew up, neither parent or legal guardian has completed a bachelor‚Äôs degree.
  • An individual with a disability ‚Äď To facilitate the documentation of disabilities for the program, students are encouraged to register with the¬†Office of Disability Services.


Apply Here




TRIO Center Study Space

Need a quiet place to study? Have a small group you need to meet with for an academic assignment or project?
Come to the TRIO center.

Our study space includes:

  • Study tables
  • Individual study rooms
  • Internet access
  • Desktop computers for student use


Peer Tutoring within the TRIO Center 
  • Great place to start if you have specific questions and already know you are struggling.
  • Work independently on homework and practice problems and ask tutors when you get stuck.
  • Receive guidance and problem-solving strategies for homework.
  • Stay as long as you need to and leave whenever you are ready.
Course Specific Tutoring Hours in the Library 
  • Great place to start if you don‚Äôt know how to study for a course, take notes during lectures, or prepare for exams.
  • Create a study plan for your course.
  • Receive guidance on how to prepare for exams in this course.
24-Hour Online Tutoring
  • Great place to start if you are an online student.
  • Help is available for any subject at any hour of the day.
  • Tutoring team will respond to your request via email to set up an online tutoring appointment.


Carilyn Voorhies

Director of TRIO Student Support Services

Cole Irwin

TRIO Counselor Advocate