Student Support Service's FAQ

What does TRiO SSS stand for?
SSS stands for Student Support Services which is one of eight TRiO programs. TRiO is not an acronym but it refers to the number three, the original number of US federal programs to increase access to higher education for economically disadvantaged students. TRiO’s existence is owed to the passing of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

What is TRiO SSS’s goal?
The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants.
(, U.S. Department of Education)

Why should I join TRiO SSS?
TRiO SSS has been helping students at Haskell since 2000. Statistics show that the program really works. We offer:
FREE individualized tutoring,
Drop-in tutoring (this can be used in addition to, or instead of scheduled tutoring),
Peer advising,
Graduation planning,
Limited financial assistance for pell-eligible students with documented need,
Personal counseling,
Student advocacy,
Community resource acquisition,
Workshops on topics such as time management, study and test taking skills, writing, life skills
Your own personal coordinator to help you coordinate all your resources, support and effort,
Campus visits to the University of Kansas,
Graphing calculators for check-out, and
Free USB flash drive.

Who is eligible for the TRiO program?
Students must meet the criteria of either low income, first generation (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree), and/or have a documented disability.

How do I apply to the TRiO program?
Students may apply online or in person. Stop by one of the TRiO SSS offices in Winona Hall (Honors Dorm) or the main TRiO SSS office in Stidham. The three offices in Winona Hall are in Room 275 (2nd Floor, Women’s wing), Room 172 (1st Floor, Women’s wing), and Room 248 (2nd Floor, Men’s wing). Complete the application, assistance is provided if needed, and turn it into the main office at Stidham.

If I apply to TRiO SSS am I automatically in?
No. You will be officially notified if you are accepted into the program thru the email address you provide on the application by the SSS Project Director. You will be notified of your acceptance or denial within one to two weeks.

I have been accepted into the TRiO program. What do I do next?
The first thing to do is to meet with your assigned retention specialist within two weeks. Students are not participants in the program until they sign their SSS contract with their retention specialist. SSS strongly encourages students to be as active in the program as possible. Students who stay in close contact with their retention specialist tend to feel more connected and do better academically. Read the SSS contract and please visit regularly with your retention specialist (a minimum of three visits each semester).

Can TRiO help me pay for college?
TRiO does have a limited amount of grant aid available to eligible students. Priority for this aid is given to Freshman and Sophomore students. TRiO also helps students apply for scholarships. At the 2010 Haskell Award and Scholarship Recognition 29% of students receiving Special Scholarships were SSS-TRiO students and 41% of students receiving General Fund Scholarships were SSS-TRiO students.

What are the requirements for grant aid?
Students must be enrolled as a TRiO SSS participant before the end of October if applying for Fall grant aid or March if applying for Spring grant aid. Applicants must be full-time students, have a GPA of 2.0 or above, and be in Good Social Standing with the university. First term freshman’s GPA eligibility will be based on turning in all three grade checks. Students must be receiving Pell grant for the current academic year with a remaining need. (The award letter from Financial Aid must accompany the application.) Applicants must have submitted all three required grade checks for the semester and type a 250 word essay. Late applications will be given secondary consideration. Points are given throughout the semester for activities, workshops, and meetings with the student’s retention specialist. A minimum of half of all points offered to students will be required for grant aid. Priority for grant aid is given to freshman and sophomore students.

Can TRiO help me transfer? My degree is not offered at Haskell and I feel overwhelmed!
Student Support Services helps students set and obtain their educational goals. If your degree is not offered at Haskell TRiO SSS will work hard to help you understand the process of transferring to your college of choice and provide assistance as needed. SSS also organizes and sponsors campus visits to the University of Kansas.

Is TRiO a club at Haskell Indian Nations University?
Although not a sanctioned club or official organization, TRiO SSS participants are part of a group of 175 students at Haskell. TRiO students have the opportunity to gather for food, activities, and events with other students scheduled at Haskell and off-campus.

I am an off-campus student with children in the home and I can’t pay my electric bill this month. Can TRiO help?
Maybe, although not able to guarantee assistance, SSS TRiO can help with many resources available in Lawrence, KS for utility, rent, and/or other misc. assistance. For example, off-campus students can apply for Project DESERVE or request a referral to a local church for assistance with their electric bills.