TRIO Student Support Services

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TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) at the University of Iowa is a federal grant funded program by the U.S. Department of Education. TRIO SSS serves 350 students at UI who demonstrate academic need and are first generation, or low-income, or have a verified disability. Students are supported through individualized coaching, academic planning & skill development, financial literacy, tutoring, career, graduate, or professional school preparation & planning, and leadership opportunities. TRIO SSS exists to promote holistic student success and timely graduation for all participants.

Who we are

  • Federally funded grant
  • On campus since 1977
  • Provide support for retention to graduation

Who we serve

  • 350 full-time undergraduate students
  • U.S. citizens or eligible to receive federal financial aid
  • First-generation
  • Low-income
  • Or have a verified disability
  • Demonstrate academic need


There are a few basic requirements to join TRIO SSS. You must be:

  • Enrolled as a full-time student at UI
  • U.S Citizen or eligible to receive federal financial aid


  • First-generation college student (neither parent or guardian has received a baccalaureate degree), or
  • Income eligible according to the federal government, or
  • Have a verified disability.


  • Demonstrate academic need.

How to Apply

TRIO SSS is no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please check back in May if you are interested in applying for the 2020-2021 academic year.


From the time a student enters the program until they graduate from the University of Iowa, our students are expected to maintain involvement through:

  • Enroll in and attend the 1-credit "Steps for Success for TRIO" class each semester
  • Meet with staff once/semester or as designated by TRIO SSS staff
  • Actively engage in their Individual Success Plan


TRIO Student Support Services offers advising and programming throughout the year.


Individualized Student Success Coaching

  • Review plan of study and classes
  • Assess students' strengths and needs
  • Learn study strategies
  • Connect with academic opportunities and campus resources
  • Encourage involvement in campus life
  • Review financial aid awards

Additional Workshops in the following areas

  • FAFSA Filing Assistance
  • Income Tax Preparation
  • Budgeting
  • Financial Aid Eligibility
  • Financial Aid Deadlines
  • Career Success


TRIO SSS offers peer tutoring to eligible students at no cost. Tutoring is provided for all courses on campus, although this is not guaranteed. Tutoring is provided in one-on-one and small group formats.


Requesting Tutoring Services

A student must be an active participant to request a tutor through TRIO SSS. Students may request a tutor for any undergraduate course they are enrolled in across the institution. To initiate a request, a student must complete a Tutor Request Form (found in our office in 24 Phillips Hall ) and meet with the TRIO SSS Tutor Coordinator.

Student Expectations for TRIO tutoring:

  • Be on time for scheduled appointments
  • Meet with your tutor at the same time and same place each week
  • Notify tutor at least eight hours in advance if unable to keep an appointment
  • Attempt homework prior to meeting with tutor
  • Bring all necessary materials, including questions, to appointments
  • Attend class regularly
  • Keep tutor informed of your progress in the class

More Tutoring Resources

  • Tutoring Centers
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI)
  • Writing Center

To Become a Tutor

PDF iconTutor Position Description

PDF iconTRIO SSS Tutor Application


2750 University Capitol Center, Upper Level
200 S. Capitol St.
Iowa City, IA 52242




8 am – 5 pm