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TRiO programs began in 1964 with Upward Bound which was created with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Talent Search followed as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The third program, Special Services, now known as Student Support Services, was authorized in the Higher Education Act of 1968. The name TRiO was then adopted to represent the three programs. In subsequent years, several other programs were added (Upward Bound Math Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Programs) yet the TRiO name has remained. RIT's TRiO SSS has been on campus since 1972. In addition to SSS, RIT also hosts a McNair Scholars Program.

Office Location: Campus Center - 2720


Phone: 585-475-2833

Department of Education TRiO SSS website:

Who we are?
TRiO Student Support Services Program is a U.S. Department of Education funded program designed to assist low-income, first-generation students graduate from college.

What we do?
Comprehensive program with services tailored to our members, which include: academic support services, free tutoring in most courses, study skills and learning assessments, one-on-one assistance in all the aspects of navigating college life, career/co-op advising, financial literacy education and financial aid education, peer mentoring, and cultural enrichment. Individualized plans of support will be developed and will address all required areas of service.

Why we do it?
Because TRiO membership increases overall academic standing, retention and graduation rates of participants.