*TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is committed to the continued service, engagement and support of our Georgia Southern participants. In response to the current circumstances presented by COVID-19 and recommendations by the CDC as well as the University System of Georgia, we are reducing the amount of staff who are physically on our campuses in Savannah and Statesboro. We will maintain all communication, support and contact with SSS participants.  Our primary means of communication will be email and/or by phone.  Again, we are committed to the success of our participants and will continue doing so regardless of the challenges ahead. We ask that you continue to make us aware of any obstacles you may face during this new normal!

Student Support Services

Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education.  Nationally, TRIO has over 1,080 Student Support Services programs and serve over 205,000 students.

The SSS program provides comprehensive services to first-generation students, low-income students, and students with disabilities. The primary goal of SSS is to help transition, retain, and graduate students at Georgia Southern. Through our services, we provide opportunities for academic development, assist with college requirements, and serve to motivate students toward the successful completion of their undergraduate degree program.

The SSS program offers the following services:

  • Individualized academic advising. Participants are paired with a SSS Advisor to assist with their academic, career, and personal growth throughout their college career.
  • Priority tutoring. Participants have access to Mathematics and English tutoring facilitated by the SSS program. In addition, tutoring arrangements are made for students who need individualized or group help in various subjects taught on campus.
  • Financial aid assistance. Our SSS staff works with participants to research and apply for financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
  • Financial literacy counseling. Through workshops, participants learn how to understand debt, budget their fiscal resources, and make informed financial decisions.
  • Career exploration opportunities. Working with the partnering programs on campus, participants are provided with opportunities to better position themselves for a career after graduation.
  • Graduate and professional school admission assistance. Participants are provided resources to prepare them for graduate school admission examinations, campus visits, interviews, etc.
  • Cultural enrichment experiences. SSS sponsors one cultural event each semester. These events are designed to give students the opportunity to be exposed to, engage in, and/or embrace other cultures or culturally enriching experiences.
  • Mentoring. Participants cultivate a one-on-one relationship with their assigned staff members. This aids in the facilitation of academic and personal support throughout their academic career.

TRIO Student Support Services