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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:

Mission Statement

RIT's TRiO Student Support Services, federally funded through the Department of Education, provides comprehensive and individualized support services to eligible first generation, low income, or disabled college students to increase academic standing, retention and graduation rates.


  • Federally funded through the United States Department of Education (
  • Serve students who meet one or more criteria:
    • First generation college student (neither parent has completed a bachelor.s degree)
    • Low income college students
    • Disabled college student; and
    • Demonstrate an academic need
    • Largest number of students must be first generation and low income
  • Must be an undergraduate student matriculated in a bachelor's degree program
  • A U.S. citizen or non-citizen eligible for financial aid
  • Membership is determined by a TRiO staff member after application and intake process is completed.
  • Must make a commitment to the program until graduation
  • Will work individually with a support specialist to capitalize strengths
  • Will receive comprehensive and individualized support to meet goals including but not limited to:
    • Academic support such one on one peer tutoring in any content area, individualized math support, liberal arts support, etc.
    • Assistance with course selection and advisement
    • Financial literacy
    • Financial Aid: understanding the process, advocacy, etc.
    • Encouragement to apply to graduate and professional schools
    • Assistance with the co-op process