Frequently Asked Questions

What is TRiO Student Support Services (SSS)?

Also known on the TAMIU campus as TRIO, we are committed to supporting the academic success of our participants. All activities and services provided by SSS are intended to help students progress through their degree to an on-time graduation.

What is the purpose of the TRiO Student Support Services Program?

Funded through a Discretionary/Competitive Grant from the U. S. Department of Education, the TRiO SSS program provides opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and motivates students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants.

What are the services provided by the TRiO SSS Program?

  • Academic Support and Guidance
  • Tutoring – one on one or small groups
  • Workshops – topics include  study abroad, graduate school, financial literacy, financial aid (assistance with scholarship searches), career services – including resume assistance and interviewing skills
  • Campus engagement/connections
  • Social enrichment events including plays and/or dance performances
  • “Grade Watchers” – tutors, academic Coordinator, Director
  • TRiO Learning Community- designed for first year students:  study skills, reading comprehension, note taking, health, time management, campus involvement, stress relief, test anxiety, etc
  • A TRIO SSS Program Computer Lab
  • Mentoring

Are the services provided by TRiO SSS free?

Yes, all services provided by the TRiO SSS Program are absolutely free.

Who is eligible to participate in SSS?

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate TAMIU students
  • WHO are U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents of the U. S. (documentation required)
  • And are first generation college students – meaning that neither parent has a four year college degree, and/or
  • Participants must meet income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education, and/or
  • Have a documented disability on file with the TAMIU Office of Student Counseling & Disability Services and/or
  • Have an academic need

What is the application procedure and where can I get an application?
The application procedure is simple! Students interested in the program must complete the TAMIU TRIO Student Support Services application (found on this web page), or you may pick-up an application at the TriO Office located in Billy Cowart Hall 208, provide income verification – such as IRS 1040 (Parents and Student), or the Student Aid Report (SAR) and demonstrate academic need.  Students who have a documented disability must provide verification from the TAMIU Office of Student Counseling and Disability Services if they are seeking SSS services.

Where is the TRiO SSS Office located?

The TRiO SSS office is located in the second floor of Billy Cowart Hall suite 208.


What are the TRiO SSS Office hours?

Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Late office hours are available only by appointment.


How long will I be in the TRiO SSS Program?

Once accepted into the TRiO SSS Program participants remain in the program until they graduate from TAMIU or transfer to another college or university.


Do I have to reapply to be part of the TRiO SSS Program every year?

No, once accepted into the program you do not have to reapply.


If my parents graduated with a baccalaureate degree from Mexico, am I considered a first generation student?

No, you are not a first generation student and do not qualify for the program.


If my brother and/or sister graduated with a baccalaureate degree, am I considered a first generation student?

Yes, you are a first generation student because your Parent(s) do not have a baccalaureate degree.


What is the best way to contact the TRiO SSS Office?

You may contact the TRiO Office by visiting the second floor of the Billy Cowart Hall Building, Suite 208, via telephone at (956)326-2718, or by emailing the program director at: lvalle@tamiu.edu, or the academic coordinator at:gustavo.salazar@tamiu.edu.