Program Requirements

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for our Bridge programs.

If you are a current or incoming student for fall term who is majoring in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Math including Public Health Studies, we encourage you to apply as we still have room in our TRIO - Student Support Services STEM program.

For all other current or incoming students in non - STEM majors, we encourage you to add your name to our wait list for non-STEM majors and we will contact you as we graduate our students during summer term.

Portland State University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to its students. TRIO Student Support Services is funded by the United States Department of Education.

Application Process

  1. Email your completed application to
  2. TRIO will reach out via email to students to schedule an intake appointment.
  3. Students are notified of their acceptance to the program during their intake appointment.

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 college student (Means an individual neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree; or a student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one natural or adoptive parent and whose supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree.) OR
  • individual with disabilities as defined by ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (Means a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, and has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an “impairment.”)

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.
  • have fewer than 135 college credits or have two or more years remaining until graduation
  • demonstrate academic need 
    1. successful applicants need to have a 2.5 or higher college grade point average or
    2. first term Freshman students need to have a 2.5 or higher high school grade point average
    3. other examples of "academic need" may be working 20+ hours a week, family responsibilities or English Language Proficiency

*Family meets Federal Government Income Eligibility Guidelines and verified by Portland State University. To check if you are of low income status, check the Federal TRIO Programs Current-Year Low-Income Levels.

Important Dates:

Admission to our TRIO program is rolling, based on capacity, and we encourage students to apply all year long.

Selection Process

When there is limited space in the TRIO Student Support Services, priority will be given to:

  • Students who are both low income eligible and first-generation college students.
  • Students who are both low income eligible and have disabilities who require educational accommodation.
  • Alumni of other TRIO programs, Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Center, and Student Support Services from other institutions.
  • Most importantly, students who are motivated to make full use of our program’s services and to become a successful Portland State graduate. It is expected that participants meet with an SSS advisor at least once a term.