Washington University TRiO Mission

We provide individual support to TRiO Scholars through collaborative approaches to ensure enriching, engaging, full and fulfilling transition, retention, graduation and post-graduation experiences and success.


Over 40 years ago, the U.S. Department of Education made a commitment to provide educational opportunities for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstances. In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help students overcome academic, social, cultural and class barriers to higher education. These programs are referred to as TRiO – initially only three programs were created. TRiO programs target students who are first in their families to go to college, low-income by federal guidelines or have a learning or physical disability.

Washington University has maintained a TRiO Student Support Services grant since the early 1970s. Approximately 10% of Washington University’s undergraduate students are TRiO-eligible. Each year, our grant allows us to provide comprehensive services to 206 TRiO-eligible undergraduate students. The purpose of the Student Support Services Program (SSS) is to increase the number of disadvantaged low-income college students, first-generation college students, and college students with disabilities in the United States who successfully complete a program of study at the post-secondary level.

Professional TRiO staff offer student services that include academic advising; individualized academic coaching; workshops to strengthen skills in writing, chemistry, biology and mathematics; assistance in preparing for graduate school admission examinations; and experience working with and in study groups led by a trained academic peer mentor. In addition, cultural and leadership programs, summer internship assistance and information regarding other campus resources are available. TRiO students may apply for supplemental grant awards that can be used for books, supplies, lab fees, or extenuating circumstances.

Washington University TRiO Communal Drivers

Scholarship – TRiO participants will fully embrace their roles as Scholars and become actively engaged in the classroom and beyond;
Leadership – TRiO staff and program participants will inform and participate in socio-economic diversity conversations, activities and research on campus;
Stewardship – TRiO participants will help shape, more than ever before, the direction of the TRiO program;
Partnership – TRiO will become more visible in the Washington University community and Washington University will become more visible in the TRiO community; and
Fellowship – TRiO participants will be known, by name and by story, by faculty, staff, their program colleagues, and others in the University community.

TRiO Advisory Board

The TRiO Advisory Board is comprised of a variety of faculty and staff from across Washington University’s Danforth Campus.

Learn More about the TRiO Advisory Board
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Applications for 2018-2019 Academic Year open April 2nd, 2018

Applications to participate in the TRiO Student Support Services program will open for new eligible students on Monday, April 2nd . Click here to be directed to the application link.

Advising Coaches for TRiO Scholars (ACTS)

Our individualized coaching model equips students with the skills they need to succeed at Washington University.

ACTS program details
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New Family Luncheon RSVP Form

Click here to submit your RSVP to attend the New Family Luncheon!