The TRIO Student Support Services Program (formerly known as Expanding Horizons) promotes the academic success of our students who complete a TRIO SSS application (In English, En Español) and meet the following criteria:
- Qualify as income-eligible OR
- Are a first-generation University student (neither parent has completed a four-year college degree) OR
- Are registered with the Disability Services Office 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.
- 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.
- Mid-semester progress reports from faculty.
- Financial aid advising and financial literacy education.
- Social and cultural activities and events.
- Squad Leader Program
What are other TRIO programs doing?
- Council for Opportunity in Education (TRIO page)
Scheduling Your Tutoring Appointment
The TRIO SSS math tutor, Aaron Shumsky, is scheduled by emailing Aaron directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Aaron’s hours change every semester so please make sure you contact him for his hours before attempting to schedule an appointment. Appointments with Aaron are available both in-person and via Google Meet.
The Pre-Advising Period is the month before registration for classes actually begins. During this time you must meet with your faculty advisor in order to have your schedule approved and be given your Alternate PIN. TRIO SSS advisors will help you create a schedule to bring to your faculty advising appointment.
Not sure who your advisor is?
- You can find your faculty advisor listed in SSC on the right-hand side under “Advisors” and in Degree Works on the left-hand side under “Advisor.” If you have any trouble locating your faculty advisor please ask your TRIO SSS advisor to help you
- If you are a Pre-Major, you do not have a Faculty Advisor yet, you will get your PIN from the Academic Advising Center located on the 3rd floor of the Hammond Campus Center
- TRIO SSS participants meet with your TRIO SSS advisor to create a proposed schedule, talk about classes, and ensure that you feel supported and comfortable with the registration process
Students interested in Fitchburg State University Scholarships can either pick up an application in the financial aid office (Anthony Room 108) or find them online beginning February 1st. All applications must be submitted to the financial aid office by March 1st. More information is available on Academic Works.
Interested in studying abroad? Check out the Diversity Abroad website for available scholarships available just for study abroad students!
Additional Sources for Scholarship Opportunities
- Educational Opportunity Centers
- Education Central - Worcester
- Boston Public Library - Boston
- University Financial Aid Office
- Internet Sites (MS Word)
- Student Support & Student Affairs Office
- Local hometown/community
- Parents' place of business
- Clubs and organizations
Make sure to Thoroughly Read the Criteria of Each Scholarship Opportunity
- Good academic performance - this may be important, but is often not the only requirement
- Community service - this includes volunteer activities
- Special interests/talents
- Interests and talents - music, art, drama - maybe you are a left-handed oboe player
Possible Scholarship Timeline
|January 1st - February 1st||Do Taxes|
|Research & Scholarships|
|Request recommendation letters|
|February 1st - February 15th||Reminders to letter writers|
|Pickup Scholarship Applications|
|February 15th - March 1st||Pickup recommendation letters (Fitchburg State scholarship application submitted by March 1)|
|March 15th||Many scholarship applications due. Don't be late.|
|April 1st - May 1st||Track scholarship applications|
* Please note: Each scholarship will carry its own deadline schedule.
Tips For Having The Best Chance To Receive A Scholarship:
- Fill out the scholarship application. You have nothing to lose.
- Read the application, follow all instructions, pay attention to deadlines.
- The personal statement is important: it tells the scholarship reader something about you that is unique - this may be your personal story, your goals, your interests, and/or your “why” - what makes you do the things you do? If you need help with this, TRIO SSS is here to help.
- Don’t forget to proofread your application - TRIO SSS is happy to read your essay before you submit it.
- Ask early for letters of recommendation from faculty and the staff community, club leaders, advisors, etc. You should be asking for letters at least, if not more, 2 weeks in advance. Choose someone who will actually write the letter.