TRiO Student Support Services

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Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRIO program. The focus of SSS is to retain and graduate program participants in their academic discipline. SSS will achieve these goals by providing a comprehensive set of services which will emphasize academic excellence, cultural awareness and life-long learning.


To provide learning, discovery and engagement opportunities through quality academic, career and personal support services to low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities.


SSS serves 195 students a year. Eligible students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Purdue University North Central, a U.S. citizen or meet residency requirements, and have an academic need. In addition, participants must also meet one of the following requirements:

  • is a first-generation college student;
  • meets the federal guidelines for income eligibility; OR
  • has a documented disability.


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Student Support Services is specially designed to provide academic and social/cultural support services to program participants. This support is provided through the undergraduate years and is intended to lead to successful completion of the PNC curriculum leading to a bachelor’s degree. Services include, but are not limited to:

  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Academic advising and coaching
  • Career advising
  • Student leadership opportunities
  • Financial literacy
  • Financial aid guidance
  • Scholarship search assistance
  • Graduate school admission advising
  • Classroom skills building (i.e. study and testing techniques)
  • Social, cultural, and service activities

Participants are required to meet with a staff member on a regular basis during all semesters in the program. Midterm progress is also monitored by sending progress reports to participant’s professors. Staff members review progress reports with students.