TRiO Student Support Services

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Student Support Services (sSs) is a federally funded TRiO program.  The mission 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.

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.

A proven program of information, support, and guidance helps provide sSs participants with the academic and emotional support necessary to excel in the classroom and beyond.


Student Support Services was established in 1984 at Purdue University North Central to address low college attendance among first generation college students, low income, and students with documented disabilities. Funded by the Higher Education Act of 1965, and supported by the PNC’s strong commitment of additional resources and services, sSs provides services to 195 students each year.


Student Support Services is committed to providing learning, discovery and engagement opportunities through quality academic, career and personal support services to low income, first generation college students and students with disabilities.


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:

  • Career counseling
  • Academic counseling and advising
  • Tutoring
  • Student leadership opportunities
  • Financial literacy
  • Financial aid guidance
  • Limited personal counseling
  • Social and cultural events

Participants are required to meet with a staff member on a regular basis during the first semester in the program; after the first semester participants meet with staff at least twice each semester. Mid-term progress is also monitored by sending progress reports to participant’s professors.  Staff members review progress reports with students.

To apply to the program, please contact the office secretary at (219) 785-5312 for an application, or an application can be downloaded from this website.

Mailing Address:

TRiO Student Support Services
Schwarz Hall Room 38
Purdue University North Central
Westville, IN 46391

Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours are 8:00 – 4:30

Contact Numbers:

Phone: (219) 785-5312
Fax: (219) 785-5589