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What is TRIO SSS?

TRIO Student Support Services is a unique program funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and has been a part of UM's services to students since 1979. We provide assistance to at least 375 active students every year. Students who participate in the program come from every academic department and major on campus. To participate in the program, students must meet eligibility guidelines that are based on household income, parent's education or student disability.


Last updated July 23, 2020

TRIO SSS employees will resume in-person operations on Aug. 13, 2020.

TRIO staff are committed to meeting student needs swiftly and professionally. We encourage students to continue to access our services via Zoom, email and by phone. 

When in-person operations resume, we request students wear a mask to appointments and sanitize hands prior to meeting with staff. Sanitizer stations outside the suite will be available as well as prior to entering any office.

TRIO Staff will supplement online appointments with in-person services during business hours, with scheduled appointments being strongly encouraged. (All after-hours and weekend programming will be conducted remotely as needed except in special circumstances.)

Bear Den use will be made by appointment only in one-hour increments. Students will be required to wipe down the computer, chairs and couch. The Keurig coffee will not be available.

Plexiglass shields will be installed at the TRIO SSS main office as first point of contact and in all offices and other work spaces of employees who regularly work with students and other colleagues. Employees will keep their office door closed to mitigate risk from exposure from foot traffic in the hallway and to maintain office cleanliness between appointments and meetings.

Peer Mentoring: Mentoring sessions will be scheduled according to mentor and mentee availability and will take place via mobile phones or computers using Skype, Duo, Facetime, Zoom or other voice or video conferencing technology available to both participants.

TRIO Tutoring: Tutoring will be blended online and limited in-person. Once our schedule is available we will have information how to contact your tutor.

Study Jam will be available remotely and in-person with limited seating in Griz Central. See the Study Jam website. www.umt.edu/study-jam

Academic Success Coaching Sessions: Phone calls, email exchanges and Zoom or Skype meetings will be encouraged in addition to in-person appointments.


There are fourteen TRIO SSS programs at higher education institutions in Montana, and 959 TRIO SSS programs in the U.S. We are part of a national effort by the U.S. Department of Education to make the opportunity for success in college available to low-income and first generation students, and/or students with disabilities.

*TRIO SSS is funded each year at $468,924 federal funds.  More information on TRIO programs (8) can be found on the US Department of Education website. 

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TRIO SSS at the University of Montana is a proud affiliate partner with the Montana College Attainment Network:

Montana College Attainment Network