TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) provides comprehensive services to 200 students who are first-generation and/or meet certain federal income guidelines. We provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with college requirements, and motivate students to successfully complete their degree.

Support for TRIO Student Support Services is provided by the U.S. Department of Education and Appalachian State University.


Students are eligible for services from TRIO Student Support Services if they meet one or more of the criteria listed below:

  • First generation college student (neither parent nor guardian has received a Bachelor's degree, older siblings may have attended college.)
  • Meet certain federal income guidelines
  • Meet the above criteria and have a documented learning or physical disability


As a federally funded program we are required to have on file certain information about our students, including family income and educational status, in order to meet program guidelines. Complete the following information and mail or fax the documents to our office:

TRIO Student Support Services
ASU Box 32087
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Fax: 828-262-6834

Program Requirements

Participants are required to participate in the following program components throughout their college career:

  • Early Advising Meeting with their TRIO SSS Advisor each semester
  • Registration Advising with their TRIO SSS Advisor each semester
  • First-Year Mentor Program – meet with their assigned mentor for 30 minutes each week
  • First-Year Community Time – attend class designated cultural/educational events
  • Continuing Student Community Time and Academic Workshops – attend at least 2-3 Program-Designated Professional Workshops each year