TRiO Student Support Services is a federally funded program designed to provide free academic support and encouragement to students who face economic, social, and cultural barriers to higher education.
TRiO offers academic and career counseling, assistance with financial aid and scholarship processes, college success skills development, supplemental math instruction, a Summer Bridge component for entering freshmen, peer mentoring, and educational enrichment activities to enrolled Thomas Nelson students who meet the federal eligibility requirements and program guidelines.
Students are eligible for TRiO (Student Support Services) if they are a citizen or national of the United States or meet residency requirements for Federal Student Financial Aid and meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Low-income – Family taxable income should meet appropriate federal guidelines, as assessed by program director (Students who receive a Pell Grant and/or public aid usually meet this guideline.)
- First generation college student — Neither parent earned a four-year college degree.
- Student with a documented disability – Documentation of physical, mental or emotional disability within appropriate time frame.
All TRiO students must demonstrate the academic potential for graduating from Thomas Nelson and transferring to a four-year college. The support services offered by the program will help ensure this success.