TRIO Student Support Services Program

Students meeting with counselor at TRiO.

Our Mission

The Detroit Mercy TRIO Student Support Services program (TRIO SSS) is a federally funded program designed to provide underrepresented student populations with academic support, cultural engagement and personal development programming.

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TRIO’s primary focus is to deepen undergraduate students’ critical thinking competencies, increase student persistence, promote degree completion and realization of career or academic goals. We strive to assist underrepresented student populations by meeting the challenges of higher education.

The TRIO SSS experience is priceless because we invest in our students and believe in their potential to overcome obstacles. We continuously immerse our students in opportunities that will allow them to be successful in their future careers and endeavors. Moreover, the TRIO SSS program provides individualized academic services that allow each student to focus on their personal goals, while embracing exclusive opportunities that support and nurture the student as a whole.


The TRIO SSS program serves Detroit Mercy students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents (as defined by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) and who meet at least one of the following additional 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.
  • Income-eligible student — A student whose family meets federal income eligibility guidelines as verified by Detroit Mercy. This information will be verified using the students FAFSA Student Aid Report and signed statement of income verification.
  • Student with documented disabilities — A student who has a documented disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and verified by the Detroit Mercy Disability & Accessibility Support Services Office.

NOTE: Eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Only a limited number of students may receive program services, according to grant regulations. Priority is given to students showing academic need.

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    Trio SSS provides Detroit Mercy TRIO students various services 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 and site visits

    Application Process

    1. Complete application forms

    Download and complete each of the following TRIO SSS application forms:

    NOTE: Application forms can also be picked up from the TRIO SSS Office (see Contact TRIO SSS above).

    2. Return completed forms to TRIO SSS Office

    Return all completed application forms to a TRIO SSS staff member (see Contact TRIO SSS above). Completed applications may be emailed to; however, a printed copy of each completed form must also be turned in to be considered for admission into the TRIO program.

    NOTE: Admission to Detroit Mercy TRIO Student Support Services is not automatic and eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program. According to federally funded grant regulations, only a limited number of students may receive program services and benefits. 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 Student Support Services.


    What We Require of TRIO Scholars

    • Commitment to academic growth
    • Engagement in TRIO events and workshops
    • Serve as a positive role model to other TRIO participants
    • Participation in service events
    • Demonstration of exemplary behavior, befitting of a TRIO scholar

TRIO SSS Professional Staff

Amber Johnson, Director

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for today" - Malcolm X

Allen Seales, Success Coach

"Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow" – Robert Kiyosaki

Whitney Thomas-White, Success Coach

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" – Nelson Mandela

Deja Lee, Graduate Assistant

"If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be" – Maya Angelou