What is TRiO SSS?
TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is a college success program that serves only 160 students a year who plan to earn an associate’s degree at Thomas Nelson and transfer to a four-year college or university. TRiO provides personalized advising, transfer planning, personal and leadership development, and a supportive community focused on empowering students to succeed at Thomas Nelson and transfer prepared to succeed in a bachelor’s degree program.
What do TRiO students do?
TRiO students are some of the most active students on campus. They are involved in clubs and organizations, work on campus, and are leaders in the classroom and community. TRiO students benefit from a structured program of personalized advising designed to ensure they have well-developed goals, can access the resources they need to succeed, and have opportunities to explore their passions and interests. In addition, students attend and are exposed to TRiO events/videos including: workshops on study skills and strategies, school-life balance, financial literacy, transferring and scholarships; transfer visits to four-year colleges; and other special events designed to help them be successful and connect with other committed students. Because they put forth this extra effort to be involved, TRiO students are some of the most successful students who attend Thomas Nelson.
Who is eligible to participate in TRiO?
Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, accepted or currently enrolled at Thomas Nelson, seeking a transferable Associate’s degree (A.A. or A.S.) and planning to graduate and immediately transfer to a four-year college to complete a Bachelor’s degree. Students must also meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Family taxable income must meet appropriate federal guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Education
- First generation (neither parent has graduated from a four-year college/university)
- Register with Office of Disability Services
- Show need for academic support
- Must demonstrate the academic potential for graduating from Thomas Nelson and transferring to a four-year college within a 4-year period
How do I join TRiO?
In order to be considered for TRiO services, a student must submit the TRiO application, complete an intake interview, and be invited to join the program. Please fill out and submit the Interest Survey and you will be contacted if eligible to apply to the program. This is a very competitive process as the program can only serve 160 students per year and slots only open up when a student graduates and transfers. Don’t delay! Fill out your interest survey today!
Office of TRiO Student Support Services
- Griffin Hall, Suite 221S, Room 221T
- (757) 825-3596
Historic Triangle campus
- Suite 106, Room 106E
- (757) 258-6537