What is TRIO SSS?

Calvin’s TRIO Student Support Service (SSS) program is federally funded support for first-generation students, students from low-income families, and students with disabilities. TRIO SSS provides specialized resources and services to help students to stay in and graduate from college.

Who participates in TRIO SSS?

TRIO SSS supports students from any:

  • major
  • athletic team
  • student organization
  • on- or off-campus residence

Calvin’s TRIO program is available to low-income students, first-generation college students, and/or students with disabilities. TRIO SSS program participants must be U.S. citizens or noncitizens who are eligible for federal student financial aid.

Why should I sign up to be part of TRIO SSS? Aren’t resources and support available to all Calvin students?

Yes, all Calvin students have access to things like academic tutoring and coaching, a career coach, counseling and wellness services, and, of course, professors. But TRIO SSS program participants also have access to:

  • a dedicated TRIO Advisor
  • priority registration for paired support courses and other sought-after courses
  • free workshops, resources, and activities promoting success in and beyond college
  • funding for a spring break trip and a graduate school visit

In addition, the TRIO SSS program encourages involvement in TRIO cohort activities meant to form connections with other TRIO SSS participants and foster belonging at Calvin (e.g., off-campus excursions, coffee nights, and other activities). Looking to work on campus? Four TRIO Ambassadors will be hired to work with program staff to run cohort activities and support their TRIO peers. Furthermore, each year, 10 first- or second-year students in the TRIO SSS program are awarded a grant of $2,500 based on financial need.

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Javonna Allen

Javonna Allen

TRIO SSS Academic Counselor
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Laura Rodeheaver-Van Gelder

Laura Rodeheaver-Van Gelder

Assistant Director of TRIO Student Support Services
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