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TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO SSS Coaches Students to Graduation

Want help navigating registration and financial aid applications? Need answers to your college questions? Join TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS)!

You’ll meet frequently with an assigned TRIO SSS coach to set and achieve your academic goals through transfer and/or graduation. TRIO SSS coaches provide one-on-one advising to help students reach their goals.

Our motto is, “We coach students to success: Persistence. Performance. Completion”

TRIO SSS may be for you if you identify as one or more of the following:

  • First generation to go to college; neither parent has a four-year degree
  • A student with a disability
  • Low income, often indicated by being a federal Pell Grant recipient

Additionally, you must be:

  • A U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Someone who intends to graduate from Normandale and transfer to earn a four-year degree
  • Pursuing first bachelors degree
  • Registered for 8 or more credits

You are especially encouraged to apply if you are an alum of a college readiness program like TRIO Upward Bound, TRIO Educational Talent Search, another TRIO SSS, AVID or College Possible.

The following students are NOT eligible to apply for TRIO SSS:

  • PSEO students
  • Students on SAP suspension
  • Students who are undocumented/DACA
  • International students

The TRIO SSS Application for entry to the program fall 2024 is now available. If you are interested and think you meet the above eligibility requirements apply now! Space is limited.

Make an Appointment

Questions about TRIO SSS and applying? Email TRIO SSS, contact Director Aly Olson or contact other team members:

Marquis, a TRIO student.

“Without TRIO, James’ support, and the support of everyone in the program, I don’t think I’d be where I am now. In TRIO, I developed really good study and planning tools, so when I started planning for this semester, I had a level head and was able to make decisions on my own.”

Marquis Strauther, TRIO Student
Jennifer, a TRIO student.

“I absolutely love being in TRIO because my coach, Matt, is kind and patient with me. He doesn’t judge me or make me feel like I’m dumb. School, for me, is new and scary, and TRIO helps me stay on track, keep calm, and pushes me to believe in myself.”

Jennifer Taylor, TRIO Student

TRIO Student Support Services is funded through the U.S. Department of Education with the 2023-24 amount of $274,374. Normandale Community College generously provides additional funding for student events, staff training and supplies.

Learn more about the TRIO SSS program’s impact and goals


TRIO Support Student Services

Hours: Summer Hours- Monday – Thursday 8am – 4:30pm, Friday virtual services only 8am – 12 noon

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