Washington State University Tri-Cities TRiO Student Support Services


Washington State University Tri-Cities first received a $1.1 million grant in Fall 2010 from the U.S. Department of Education to create a TRiO Student Support Services Program for low-income, first-generation, and disabled students and we were refunded in Fall 2015 for another five years.

WSU Tri-Cities will continue to use this five-year grant to increase student success to graduation. About 140 eligible undergraduate students will be served annually.

The grant is financing three full-time staff members to offer one-on-one tutoring, counseling, advising, and mentoring through the cultural change of going to college. The staff also will give workshops on topics including study skills, note taking, financial aid, career preparation, and financial literacy.

The U.S. Department of Education’s TRiO Programs (TRiO) are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO programs are targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. Learn more about TRiO at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/index.html#news.


Our mission is to help participants to:

  • Develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities┬áto complete a post-secondary education
  • Empower┬áthem to confidently take control of their academic success
  • Achieve academic success and, ultimately, a bachelor’s degree


The TRiO Student Support Services program at WSU Tri-Cities will meet the following grant objectives:

  • Serve 140 participants each year
  • Assure that 2/3 of participants qualify as first-generation and low-income, or disabled
  • 72% of participants served will persist from one academic year to the beginning of the next academic year
  • 88% of participants served will meet the performance level required to stay in good academic standing
  • 63% of new participants served each year will graduate within six years