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TRiO Student Support Services

What is TRiO?

Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, and ethnic background or economic circumstance.

In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life.

These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just 3 programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

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STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Asma Aba

My name is Asma Aba. I came to the United States from Somalia in 1997 and I have been living here ever since. I am a first generation college student at Portland State University.

Before the start of my freshman year I was in the TRiO – SSS Summer Bridge Program. Through that program I gained some insight about TRiO – SSS and the services it provides. For my first year at PSU I was accepted into the Access program which is a remarkable scholarship program. However, this program supports students financially and academically for their first year only. My sophomore year I faced a few challenges with registering for classes and became confused about what to major in.  Then my friends encouraged me to apply to the TRiO - SSS program after informing me of how much it helped them. Contemplating over the benefits of the program and with the challenges from the previous year, I was determined to be a TRiO – SSS student.

Through TRiO-SSS there are so many opportunities to get involved and build a stronger community. Some experiences I enjoyed were leading workshops, attending events, among other opportunities. I have made many friends through the TRiO - SSS community and I obtained even more benefits from the TRiO - SSS services than I initially was seeking out. Whenever I would feel stuck regarding academics, my TRiO - SSS advisor always directs me to the best options for dealing with my situations. Also, my advisor always amazes me with options available to me that I would have otherwise not known were possible. Thanks to my TRiO-SSS advisor for asking me about my decisions, now I feel more confident about pursuing my BA in Psychology with a minor in Arabic. In addition to the immense academic support from my advisor, the other TRiO – SSS staff assisted me in receiving financial support. One of the financial opportunities I acquired and find pleasure in is working at the front desk. I am grateful for all of the staff members and students of TRiO – SSS.  They are very friendly. I enjoy their company and I feel honored to be a part of the TRiO – SSS community.