TRiO Student Support Services

The Indiana Wesleyan University TRiO Student Support Service (SSS) Program supports eligible students in transition from high school through college graduation, by motivating them toward academic, personal, and social self-determination.

The TRiO SSS Program supports the IWU mission of changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship, and leadership within this Christ-centered academic community. The TRiO SSS Program is funded 100% by the U. S. Department of Education.

Services Provided

Individual Retention Plan

TRiO advisors work individually with students to assess and anticipate academic, career, and personal needs. Advisors use various assessment tools to determine each student’s abilities and needs.

These assessments aid students and advisors in developing an Individualized Retention Plan (IRP) that is used to identify and work toward semester goals that help students improve and succeed academically.

Academic Support

Academic support is provided on many topics and through both individual training and workshops. These include:

  • One-on-One Tutoring
  • Academic Accountability
  • Support from Trained Advisor
  • Time Management Training
  • Study Skills Training
  • Student Advocacy
  • Interpersonal Skills Training
  • Financial Management Training
  • Disability Support
  • Grant Aid for Eligible Students
  • Free Printing and Copying

Disability Support

TRiO advisors work directly with the IWU Director of Disability Services to establish support systems for students with disabilities.

Financial Aid Support

The financial burden of college can impact the retention of many students. TRiO advisors refer students to their Financial Aid Counselor to maintain awareness of their aid plan and to further identify and apply for a variety of educational funding opportunities.

Active participants in the TRiO SSS Program who receive Pell Grant funds are eligible each fall to apply for a small grant provided by the federal government through the TRiO program. Active participants may discuss this with their individual TRiO advisor.

Students in the TRiO program have access to free printing and copying. This resource allows students to have hands-on study material without the financial burden of copying charges.

Personal Support

Encouragement and mentoring are important and effective in assisting TRiO students. TRiO advisors are trained and qualified to assist students with personal issues. If additional support is needed, TRiO staff refer students to free clinical counseling in the Center for Student Success.

Cultural Activities

Cultural connections have a large impact on life success. With this in mind, the TRiO staff plans cultural events so that students can be exposed to a diverse blend of historical, educational, and social outlets. Each event is designed with a specific theme and educational value in mind.

Program Qualifications

Federal law regulates qualifications for the TRiO SSS Program. Students are eligible if they show a need for academic support and meet one of the following criteria:

First Generation Student:
A student’s parents (or the single parent that a student lives with) have not earned a bachelor’s level college degree.

Low Income Student:
Parents’ TAXABLE income (or the single parent’s taxable income) does not exceed the level established by the U.S. Department of Education for family size. These figures are available on the TRiO application.

Student with a Disability:
The student has a documented disability and has/will submit these documents to the Director of Disability Services at IWU.


Applications for participation in the TRiO SSS Program are available in the Center for Student Success and can also be found on the IWU website. The TRiO SSS Program is free to qualifying students with 152 students participating each year.

TRiO Facts

From the 2012 academic year to the 2013 academic year, 86% of TRiO students returned to IWU or graduated from IWU. During the 2012-2013 academic year, 96% of TRiO students were in Good Academic Standing.

Contact Information

TRiO SSS Program
Center for Student Success
Student Center, Suite 220
4201 S. Washington Street
Marion, IN 46953

Phone: 765-677-2257
Fax: 765-677-2140
Funded 100% by the U.S. Dept. of Education. Total amount of annual Federal funding: $265,104. Number of students served per year: 152.

Center for Student Success

Barnes Student Center Suite 220
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953
Phone: 765-677-2257