TRiO Student Support Services

Eligible students are welcomed into an inclusive environment that supports their personal and academic success — at no additional cost to them.
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Our Mission

The mission of TRiO Student Support Services is to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. Our office also provides students with the necessary tools to adjust to the demands of a college environment, while helping them develop good study habits and decision-making skills that increase retention and graduation rates for college students.

Our directives are to provide segmented populations with the added support mechanisms needed to meet the challenges of higher education. Through the development of academic and personal skills, the program focuses on deepening critical-thinking competencies; increasing student retention and promoting degree completion; and matriculating into graduate school and/or the workforce.

Who We Serve

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federal TRiO program sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of Education designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of eligible students. We provide free services to help students persist and graduate from Wells College.

Our office serves first-generation students, students from low-income backgrounds and students with a documented disability as they work toward earning their college degree. If you are one such student, we invite you to join our program and get started on enhancing your academic experience at Wells College.

Program Overview

Current Wells College students accepted into the TRiO-SSS program will gain access to an academic coordinator who will help you chart your academic and professional goals, assistance with securing services (tutors), and overcome obstacles and face challenges head-on. And as an added benefit, these services are provided free of charge to enrolled participants!

Along with support and encouragement, our program also provides the following resources free to participants, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and support from Wells College:

  • advocacy, mentoring, coaching, and support
  • basic skills instruction with select courses
  • study skills workshops and other academic support
  • financial aid advocacy and financial literacy training
  • Preparation for applying to graduate school, including help with researching your options, obtaining recommendation letters, writing your personal statement, and loaning you text prep materials (for tests such as the GRE, GMAT, and so forth)
  • limited financial assistance for Federal Pell Grant-eligible students with documented financial need

TRiO-SSS students at Wells College have access to a variety of academic, personal, and cultural resources that help them grow as students and individuals. Click the sections below to read more and see if you qualify!

Our Mission

The TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program at Wells College is committed to serving participants who are first-generation, low-income, and/or students with disabilities and helping them overcome academic, cultural and social barriers so they can succeed in higher education.

We provide our students with holistic academic and personal support services designed to assist with graduate school and career preparation, economic and financial literacy, and ultimately help students persist to graduation — and a successful career.

Eligiblity Requirements

To qualify for the TRIO-SSS program, you must:

1. Be an undergraduate student enrolled at Wells College, working on your first bachelor's degree.

2. Have U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.

3. Demonstrate a need for academic support (via a welcome meeting with a TRiO-SSS team member).

4. Be a first-generation college student*, and/or have lower income status**, and/or a student with documented disability***.

*The U.S. Department of Education defines a first-generation student as an individual whose natural or adoptive parents have not received a bachelor's degree; or a student that who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one natural or adoptive parent and whose supporting parents did not receive a bachelor's degree.

**The U.S. Department of Education defines a low-income individual as an individual whose taxable income did not exceed 150% of the poverty level amount in the calendar year in which the individual initially participates in the program. The poverty level amount is determined using the criteria of poverty established by the Bureau of the Census of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Students must provide a copy of their parent's income tax records.

***A student with a disability is defined as a person who has registered with Wells College's Office of Student Success and has the appropriate documentation from that office.

How to Apply

The TRiO Student Support Services program is open to any currently enrolled Wells College student who meets the eligibility requirements. Students must complete a brief application in order to be considered for acceptance into the TRiO program.

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Submit your application using this online form.

2. Participate in a short interview with the TRiO-SSS Team.

3. Receive acceptance decision and agree to become fully engaged with the program.

4. Attend a welcome meeting within 30 days of acceptance.

5. Complete an in-person or online intake orientation.

Questions? Please don't hesitate to reach out to the TRiO Student Support Services team if you have further questions. (See "About Our Team," below.)

About Our Team

The TRiO Student Support Services professional team are dedicated and committed individuals who will assist you throughout your college career at Wells College. We believe in making a difference and having a strong impact on all students.

Nicole Darrow (she/her/hers)
Coordinator, Accessibility and Learning Support
Main Building, room 106

Catherine Norton (she/her/hers)
Student Support Services Counselor
Main Building, room 108

We welcome you to schedule an appointment to meet with us so that we can begin assisting you throughout your time at Wells College.

Page last updated on May 31, 2022.

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