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TRIO Student Support Services

FALL 2020 UPDATE: The Office of TRIO Student Support Services will provide in person services on a walk in basis, Monday - Thursday from 8am - 6pm and 8am - 5pm on Friday.  The TRIO program will offer all group meetings, virtually using Google Meet. The office will offer appointments remotely with the TRIO advisor, please contact jshea34@fitchburgstate.edu or eswartz1@fitchburgstate.edu. Community members may contact Marie Abboud at mabboud@fitchburgstate.edu or by phone at 978-665-3576 for inquiries and or to schedule appointments.      

The TRIO Student Support Services (formerly known as Expanding Horizons) is designed to promote the academic success of Fitchburg State University students who complete an application and meet the following criteria below. Please fill out the TRIO SSS application found to the right for the year in which you are applying to the program.

  • Qualify as low-income according to Department of Education guidelines OR
  • Are a first-generation University student (neither parent has completed a four-year college degree) OR
  • Are a student diagnosed with a disability AND
  • Demonstrate an academic need for the program such as having a low high school or university GPA or SAT score or by placing into developmental courses. Developmental courses include Basic Reading, Basic Writing, Basic Math I or II. Students with a major which requires a higher minimum GPA such as: Exercise Sports Science, Game Design, Nursing, Education, Communications or Human Services may also qualify.

Our Mission

The TRIO Student Support Services Program is designed to approach student learning and development utilizing holistic methods. Through proactive advising modalities and individualized support plans, students partner with TRIO SSS staff to fully realize their innate propensity for academic, career, and personal growth. A sense of belonging is the foundation of our structured experiences which draw upon and enhance students’ connection to the campus community, while illuminating individual pathways to their potential and success.

Our Services

  • Pre-semester orientation for eligible Freshman and Transfer Students.
  • Academic counseling including study skills and time management training.
  • Assistance from a Professional Math Tutor.
  • Pre-advising for course selection.
  • Graduate school counseling.
  • Peer to Peer Group Learning.
  • Mid-semester progress reports from faculty.
  • Financial aid advising and financial literacy education.
  • Social and cultural activities and events.
  • Peer Mentor Program

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