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TRiO Student Support Services

Students discussing a research projectTRiO Student Support Services (SSS) provides advising, academic assistance, mentoring and career-related services to eligible first-generation and low-income undergraduates at DePaul to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and help students make the transition from college to career. Since 1997, DePaul's SSS program has assisted approximately 2,000 students on the path to timely attainment of the baccalaureate degree.​
SSS at DePaul is a U.S. Department of Education TRIO Program supported by 83 percent federal funds and 17 percent in university funds for the 2013-14 academic year.​

​TRiO History

TRIO programs have their origins in the federal "War on Poverty" initiatives of the 1960s and 1970s. Their overall goal is to expand educational opportunity by providing a pathway from sixth grade to college graduation for students from low-income and first-generation college families. However, not all colleges and universities offer TRIO programs, which are awarded through a highly competitive grant process administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information, contact:

Student Support Services
Levan Center, Suite 110
2320 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 325-4600 | trioSSS@depaul.edu