Student Support Services – A Federal TRIO Grant
This TRIO Student Support Services grant is funded by the Department of Education. The overlying goal of the program is to enable 167 participants annually to persist in college and to graduate with a bachelor’s degree within six years. Utilizing a comprehensive array of services, our scholars annually persist in college and graduate at higher rates than the average student body.
If you are interested in becoming a member please complete our online application form here.
As a member you will be eligible for the following free services and activities:
- Academic Coaching and Tutoring
- Academic Advising
- Skills workshops
- Assistance with FAFSA and federal aid
- Financial assistance
- Graduate school application assistance
- Personal counseling
- Access to the SSS technology center
Academic Coaching and Tutoring
Coaching and tutoring are free and available to all SSS students. Tutoring is offered in most basic curriculum courses and some upper level courses. Individual or small-group sessions are held in the program's Tutorial Center. Our coaches and tutors are high-achieving UWA students who have demonstrated their academic abilities and have shown a strong desire to help others. Many of them are also members of our program. Our coaches and tutors receive initial and ongoing training and support from our staff members.
Academic Advisement and Career Exploration
Members receive one-on-one academic advising each semester for course selections according to their majors. Students are encouraged to explore their interests and abilities to develop a clear career development plan with the support and guidance of their academic advisor.
The purpose of the workshops is to provide additional information that will enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of program participants on a variety of topics, including:
- Financial Literacy
- Financial Aid Assistance
- Study Skills
- Stress Management
- Choosing a Career
- Improving your GPA
- Preparing for Graduate School
- Study Abroad
Assistance with FAFSA and Scholarship Searches and Budgeting for College
All participants are provided with assistance in completing the FAFSA, KHEAA verification, and managing their federal aid each year. Our staff members also assist students with scholarship searches, understanding student loans and budgeting techniques.
The program awards scholarships annually to eligible, active members. To learn more about who is eligible and how to apply click here.
Graduate School Applications
Assistance in searching for and applying to graduate programs is available to all members. Whether you plan on staying at UWA to start your Master’s or intend to pursue your Ph.D., M.D., or other professional degree at another institution, we are here to help.
Our staff are available to all members in need of support on a variety of issues, problems and concerns. If necessary students will be referred to the UWA Counselor.
Members have access to a private computer lab used only by program participants. The room is located in Foust 2A and features new state-of-the-art Dell computers with high speed Internet access and a high speed networked printer. Free printing is available and staff members are always on hand to assist.
UWA TRIO SSS Goals*
Persistence, Performance, Completion
Offering a broad array of services and support, our primary goal is student persistence, performance, and completion. These are the goals that we work to achieve or exceed, each year:
80% of all participants served by the UWA TRIO SSS Program will persist from one academic year to the beginning of the next academic year, or will have earned a bachelor’s degree.
80% of all enrolled TRIO SSS participants served will meet the performance level required to stay in good academic standing at UWA.
40% of new participants served each year will graduate from UWA with a bachelor’s degree within six years.
*We have met or exceeded these goals in every year of our grant.