Who May Apply: (by category) Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)
Institutions of higher education or a combination of institutions of higher education are the only entities eligible to compete for funds under the Student Support Services program. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact OPE_TRIO@ed.gov.
Participant Eligibility for Program Services
To receive assistance, students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a program of postsecondary education at a grantee institution. Low-income students who are first-generation college students and students with disabilities evidencing academic need are eligible to participate in SSS projects. Two-thirds of the participants in any SSS project must be either disabled or potential first-generation college students from low-income families. One-third of the disabled participants must also be low-income students.
Participant Eligibility for Grant Aid
To receive SSS program grant aid, students must be current participants in the SSS project who are in their first two years of postsecondary education and receiving Federal Pell Grants. Grant aid may be offered to students who have completed their first two years of postsecondary education and are receiving Federal Pell Grants if the institution demonstrates that these students are at high risk of dropping out and it has first met the needs of all its eligible first and second-year students.