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.

Student of the Month: XIAOYUAN MENG

My name is Xiao Meng, and I am a senior majoring in General Science with a focus on Pre-Pharmacy. In 2011, I was forced to immigrate to America because my parents believed I would have a “better future” here than in China. I was placed in a local high school for two years to obtain my diploma before I could attend college. Although I met many new people, I had a lot more negative experiences than positive ones in high school, which made high school the darkest two years of my American journey so far. While most of my friends went to community colleges or simply decided not to attend college, I chose Portland State to be a place for a new start. I used to hate America a lot because of what I experienced in high school, but Portland State has brightened my life by providing me with an excellent environment full of love and friendly people. 
I could not decide my major during freshman orientation and was assigned to an advisor named Karen at Advising and Career Services. After learning I was a first-generation college student, Karen introduced me to Linda who then explained to me a bunch of benefits of becoming a part of TRIO Student Support Services. I did not understand how most of the supports could benefit me at that time and the only thing that caught my eye was free printing. There are no better words to describe myself in freshman year other than with the former chairman of China Jiang Zemin’s famous saying, “Too young too simple, sometimes naive”. I was totally wrong about how much TRIO Student Support Services would help me and I would not be here writing this biography without their help over the past few years. Only a handful of my classes required advanced calculation, and I was able to borrow a TI calculator from TRIO Student Support Services, which saved me lots of money. By attending the workshops offered by the program, I was able to apply what I learned to creating my resume, writing a personal statement and dealing with interviews, etc. Thanks to the early registration, I never have to worry about classes being full because I can register before other undergraduates. As an independent full-time student who does not have time to work, I was fortunate enough to receive the tuition remission from them several times, which was a huge help to reduce my financial burden. These are just a few examples of how much support a student can get from TRIO. Without them, I would not have gotten my scholarship and acceptances into all the programs I have applied.
After I graduate, I will enter Pharmacy School to earn my medical degree. Although there are so many people who are involved in my academic achievements, TRIO Student Support Services is the witness of all of my failures and successes. Words cannot describe how thankful I am for having been supported by such an amazing group of people through my college life, and this would not have happened without them. Join for free printing. Stay for a bright future!