TRIO STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) staff will be working remotely until further notice. Students who are already in our program can contact their TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) adviser via email and/or schedule an appointment. Please scroll below to the Staff Profiles area.
Other inquiries, please keep scrolling down to learn about the services we provide to our students, the eligibility requirements to apply to our program and to download our application.
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.
The mission of TRIO programs is to expand educational opportunity to persons often underrepresented in higher education, increase the retention and graduation rates of eligible low income, first generation and disabled students and to foster an institutional climate supportive of the success for those students through comprehensive services and advocacy.
TRIO Student Support Services assists students to
- Strengthen academic skills necessary for college level course work through classes and workshops
- Connect with cultural and social enrichment activities to find a sense of community
- Improve and maintain the grade point average necessary to achieve academic goals
- Graduate with a Bachelor’s degree
TRIO Student Support Services can provide you the following services
- Academic and career advising
- Priority class registration for the following term
- Graduate and professional school counseling
- Financial Literacy such as loan forgiveness, financial aid application and managing personal budgets
- Access to our student lounge and quiet study areas
- FREE printing in our computer lab
- Laptop and calculator loaner programs
- Individual writing support
- For credit classes to students at no charge such as a college writing class and from transition programs of Summer Bridge (incoming freshmen) and Transfer Bridge (incoming transfer students)
- Scholarship resources and assistance
- Make appropriate referrals to campus and community resources
Please review our eligibility requirements to check if you are eligible to apply.
Federal Eligibility Requirements:
Eligible students must be:
- be a United States citizen or permanent resident AND
- low income student - check the table income levels OR
- first generation student OR
- individual with disabilities as defined by ADA Amendments Act of 2008
Additional Eligibility Requirements:
All applicants to our program must:
- be undergraduate students who are admitted FULL TIME to Portland State University, 12 credits or more per term. Can be co-enrolled with certain Oregon community colleges and Clark College, check for more information on co-admission
- be registered for classes - exception would be Summer and Transfer Bridge applicants
- have fewer than 135 college credits or have two or more years remaining until graduation
- demonstrate academic need
- successful applicants have between a 2.5 to 3.5 college grade point average or
- first term Freshman students have a 3.0 or higher high school grade point average
All new or current Portland State students who meet all of our eligibility requirements listed above, download our application
For more information, email email@example.com
TRIO REFERRAL FORM - If you are an Adviser or Counselor and wish to refer your student to our program, fill out our referral form
TRIO Student Support Services Staff Profiles
Linda Liu, M.A. Program Director
Email: LLLIU@pdx.edu - advising appointments for our TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) students only can be made through our online scheduler
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at University of Oregon and Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at University of Oregon
Biography: Linda has worked in higher education programs that support underrepresented populations for more than 25 years.
Rosalyn Taylor, Ed.D. Academic Counselor & Instruction
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - advising appointments for our TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) students only can be made through our online scheduler
Education: Doctorate of Education at Portland State 2018, Teaching Certificates in TESOL at McKendree College and English Language Arts at University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Andrea Griggs, M. Ed. Academic Counselor
Email: email@example.com - advising appointments for our TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) students only can be made through our online scheduler
Education: Bachelor of Science in Sociology at University of Oregon and Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at University of Washington.
Charissa Ringo, Office Manager
Phone: 503-725-5698 - visit our virtual front desk Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm
Education: Bachelor of Science in Social Science at Portland State University, graduated Magna Cum laude
Student of the month, Joe Jesse
My name is Joe Jesse & I am currently a senior. In high school, and growing up, I lived and breathed basketball. My goal was always to play at the collegiate level, but life has a funny way of deviating from one’s expectations. Outside of basketball, I additionally did well academically. I graduated high school with 85 college credits, a 4.0 cumulative grade point average, and the honor of being named class valedictorian. It was at this time I was faced with the famous decisions of where and what I was going to do in college. As alluded to earlier, I chose not to continue pursuing basketball. I felt as though my mind could take me farther than my body. Thus, I ended up at Portland State studying computer science as a result of the university's affordable tuition, my interest in the Maseeh College of Engineering, and it being in the same place as I have always lived.
In the summer before attending Portland State, I got an email about a program called the Summer Bridge program for incoming freshman and transfer students that gave me the opportunity to earn free, upper division elective credits. I am not one to pass on an opportunity, and as a result I applied, interviewed, and was ultimately accepted into the TRIO Student Support Services program. Since then, my experience with the program has been awesome. Having priority registration helped me always get the classes I needed; having an amazing advisor, Andrea Griggs has helped me stay on track with my degree and get any questions I may have answered; and the Summer Bridge program introduced me to campus resources I would later utilize including (but not limited to) Student Health and Counseling, Student Legal Services, Academic Student & Recreational Center, and Financial Aid.
Turning the corner on my senior year, I have recently accepted an offer from Amazon Web Services to return to work as a Software Development Engineer as a result of my internship with the company. Following graduation, I will move up to Seattle where I will begin my career with them in August 2021. This will mark the first time I have ever lived outside of the Portland metro area. I am very excited for this new and upcoming chapter in my life and will forever be grateful for and remember my time here at Portland State and with TRIO Student Support Services.