TRiO Program

What is TRiO?

Students meeting with counselor at TRiO.

TRiO Student Support Services is a federally funded program designed to provide underrepresented student populations with academic support, cultural engagement, and personal development programming. TRiO focuses on increasing student persistence and promoting degree completion and realization of career or academic goals.

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    Our Services

    The TRiO SSS program services are all provided free of charge:

    • Scholarships
    • Assistance with Scholarship Applications
    • Academic Success Planning
    • Monthly Workshops
    • Mentoring
    • Cultural Engagement Events
    • Assistance with FAFSA
    • Service Learning & Leadership Skills Training
    • Leadership and Professional Development
    • Graduate and Professional School Preparation
    • Graduate and Professional School Site Visits

    Application Process

    1. Complete a Detroit Mercy TRiO SSS intake form, which may be picked up from the TRiO SSS office in the Student Success Center on the third floor of the McNichols Library.
    2. Meet with the Program Director and success coaches to ensure eligibility and determine academic, financial and personal needs.

    Admission to Detroit Mercy TRiO SSS is not automatic. Completed applications will be evaluated for eligibility and admission. If admitted, you will be notified about the next steps to begin your involvement with Detroit Mercy TRiO SSS.



    Detroit Mercy students are eligible for TRiO Student Support Services if they meet one of the following criteria:

    • First-generation college student — A student whose parents have not received a baccalaureate degree, or a student who did not regularly live with or receive support from a parent.
    • Low-income student — A student whose family meets federal income eligibility guidelines as verified by Detroit Mercy.
    • College student with documented disabilities — As defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act and verified by the Detroit Mercy Disability Support Services Office.

    Eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Only a limited number of students may receive program services, according to grant regulations.


    Our Mission

    The Detroit Mercy TRiO Student Support Services program is designed to provide underrepresented student populations with the added support mechanisms needed to meet the challenges of higher education. Through the development of academic and personal skills, the program focuses on deepening critical thinking competencies, increasing student persistence and promoting degree completion and realization of career or graduate goals.