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TRIO PROGRAMS

Student Support Services (Project Challenge)


Services Offered

SSS offers various free services designed to ensure eligible full-time students on the ESU campus are successful in their academic career. Some of these services include:

  • Academic Advising  - SSS staff members serve as the official academic advisors to first- and second-year students in the program. The SSS advisor is available to provide academic, financial, career, graduate school and personal counseling to eligible students. They are here to guide you from your first day on campus through to Graduation!

  • Tutoring - Free one-on-one tutoring for program participants in a wide range of general education and upper level courses. Tutors meet with participants for one-on-one sessions. All SSS tutors complete a training course and the tutoring program is certified through the College Reading and Learning Association. The SSS tutoring lab is furnished with numerous computer stations and study locations and is located on the floor where the SSS offices are located.

  • Mentoring - Each participant is assigned a mentor. The mentor is a staff member who stays in contact with assigned participants and can answer questions and concerns or refer participants to the appropriate resource for help. Mentors call, write and/or meet regularly with their participants.

  • Tutoring Lab - Furnished with numerous computer work stations and study areas, the lab is available to SSS participants at no charge with free printing on recycled paper. The lab is conveniently located on the same floor as the SSS offices and provides a clean and quiet study area with space for one-on-one tutoring sessions.

  • Computer Use - The TRIO Study Lounge is open to SSS participants on weekdays from 8am-5pm and is furnished with computer stations and a study area. Free printing on recycled paper is also provided in this area.

  • Grant Aid Scholarships - SSS will offer grant aid funds to eligible participants during the fall and spring semesters. To be eligible to receive these funds, participants must have an active status, be Pell eligible and have an unmet financial need. In order to apply, please complete this application.

  • Courses - Special courses are designed to meet the needs of participants throughout their college career.

  • Workshops and Related Activities - Participants in SSS may attend workshops on college survival skills such as time management and test anxiety; career preparation needs such as resume writing and interviewing; graduate school preparation and financial literacy. Workshops and courses offered are constantly evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of participants.

  • Assistance with Financial Aid Process - SSS staff will Assist participants with the completion of Financial Aid Renewal Application (FAFSA).

  • Financial Literacy and Planning - Educate participants on issues of finances and financial planning.
  • Career and Graduate/Professional School Advisement - Engage program participants in planning, preparing and with the completion of the graduate admissions process.

  • Chi Alpha Epsilon, Epsilon Epsilon Chapter (XAE) - This is our National Honor Society open to all participants who earn a 3.0 GPA or higher for two consecutive semesters. Members of the XAE pledge to continue to excel academically, promote academic excellence in others and help those who genuinely aspire to the same goal.