TRiO – Student Support Services

TRiO – Student Support Services

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program that offers our students a comprehensive four-year program entitled the EDGE (Engage, Discover, Gain Experience, Excel), which features result­s-oriented support services. TRiO SSS is currently funded to serve and assist first generation, low-income students, and students with disabilities to persist to degree completion and embark on professional career paths or graduate degree studies.

How Does TRiO SSS Work?

TRIO SSS specifically targets low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities because they are historically under-represented in higher education and persist and graduate at a rate than much lower non-TRIO-eligible students. The program provides a wide variety of services, including but not limited to:

  • Grant Aid Award (grant funding application to eligible SSS participants)
  • Summer Bridge Program (First-Year Students)
  • Community Building Activities
  • Cultural events and Professional Development opportunities
  • Supplemental advising for academic/other concerns
  • Individualized Mentoring
  • Loaner Laptop Program
  • Financial Aid Information and Literacy
  • Career planning and counseling
  • Individual and group tutoring
  • Graduate and Professional school admissions preparation

    TRiO Summer Bridge Program

    Get a head-start on your college career and earn three (3) college credits this summer for FREE!

    JULY 8 – AUGUST 1, 2024

    Deadline to Apply: June 24, 2024

    • Participate in academic seminars, workshops, and other on- and off- campus activities designed to familiarize students with Saint Peter’s University and their new community.
    • Begin college with a great group of TRiO SSS peers.
    • Individual and group tutoring.
    • Personalized academic, career, and personal coaching sessions.

    TRiO Summer Bridge Program


      U.S. citizen, national, or meet the residency requirements for federal student financial assistance

      First-Generation College Student

      Physical or Learning Disability

    How to Enroll

    Complete TRiO SSS Application

    Admitted & deposited at SPU

    Intended to enroll for Fall 2024

    U.S. Citizenship or Legal Resident Status

    Qualify for federal financial aid and have a current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

    Sample Schedule

    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    9:00 – 9:50 AM


    SO-121 SO-121 SO-121 SO-121
    10:00 – 10:50 AM


    WRT-101 WRT-101 WRT-101 WRT-101
    11:00 – 11:50 AM Workshop Workshop Workshop Workshop
    12:00 – 12:50 PM Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
    1:00 – 1:50 PM


    Peer Mentoring Seminar Math 101 Peer Mentoring Seminar Math 101
    2:00 – 2:50 PM Advising/Tutorial/Study Hall Advising/Tutorial/Study Hall Advising/Tutorial/Study Hall Advising/Tutorial/Study Hall


    TRIO-Student Support Services (TRIO-SSS) is a federally funded program that provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education through retention-based resources. TRIO-SSS at Saint Peter’s University (SPU) is also known as The EDGE program—EDGE (Explore, Discover, Gain Experience, and Excel), which serves up to 140 students. Our mission statement underscores the University’s core ethos, its embrace of this heterogeneous population and the commitment to educate a diverse community of learners … and promote justice in our ever-changing urban and global environment. Our mission, goals, and objectives for TRIO Student Support Services at Saint Peter’s University are indicated below.