Eligibility Requirements for TRiO Student Support Services

Eligibility Criteria

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In 2012, 68% of all undergraduate students were eligible for TRIO SSS.

Students who apply to become a part of the TRIO SSS program must be:

  • A U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident, as defined below:
    • US Citizen
    • US National (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain's Island)
    • Permanent Resident (U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551C)
    • Eligible Non-Citizen (Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service)
    • Not eligible are holders of student visas (F1, F2, J1, and J-2 Visas)
  • Enrolled 3/4 or full-time in an undergraduate program at UT

Additionally, each applicant must fall under one or more of three primary eligibility criteria:

First-Generation Eligible

  1. If a student fits one of the following descriptions the student is; "First-Generation Eligible" for the Student Support Services program.

  2. First generation college student means—

    (1) A student neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree;
  3. (2) A student whose sole custodial parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree;
  4. (3) A foster care youth;
  5. (4) An individual who is homeless;
  6. (5) A veteran of the US military

Foster care youth means youth who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system.

Homeless children and youth means persons defined in section 725 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 1143a).

Disability Eligible

If a student has a documented (physical or learning) disability, the student is; "Disability Eligible" for the Student Support Services program.
Students who have a disability, as defined by Section 504/ADA, may be eligible for participation in SSS as a result of the educational needs stemming from that disability. Submit a copy of disability documentation or ask your counselor in Student Disability Services  to send a referral notice to the TRIO SSS office.

Income Eligible

The official Low Income guidelines are updated at the end of January annually. You can view the most recent chart at the Department of Education at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html

Find the size of your family in the chart. Referring to the most recent tax return, determine if your family's taxable income fell at or below the figure in the next column. If your taxable income falls below the figures below, then you are "Low Income Eligible" for the Student Support Services program.

 Not Eligible? Don't Despair!Even if you don't qualify, you still have plenty of other assistance options.

Last Updated: 3/23/15