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TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)

Student Support Services is a federally-funded TRIO program committed to helping undergraduate students be successful. The mission of TRIO Student Support Services at Houston Christian University is to help participants succeed holistically by empowering them to expand their horizons.

Some of the services we offer include the following:

  • Holistic one-on-one success coaching
  • Educational workshops
  • Assistance in applying for financial aid
  • One-on-one and group tutoring
  • Cultural events and outings
  • Leadership development
  • Encouragement of spiritual formation
  • Graduate school advising and college visits

By capitalizing on the opportunities provided for personal and social growth while in a supportive environment, the participant can achieve success in learning and leadership. TRIStudent Support Services is dedicated to building a network between students, campus and community by utilizing the values of faith, authenticity and teamwork.

  • History of TRIO & Student Support Services

    TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students in their pursuit of a college degree. There are over 2,800 programs nationally that serve students from sixth grade through college graduation. Famous alumni include Jose Hernandez, the second Latino astronaut, and Patrick Ewing, coach, Olympian and former professional basketball player.

    The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960’s, the term “TRIO” was coined to describe these federal programs.

    Over the years, the TRIO Programs have been expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and to reach more students who need assistance. The Higher Education Amendments of 1972 added the fourth program to the TRIO group by authorizing the Educational Opportunity Centers. The 1976 Education Amendments authorized the Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs. Amendments in 1986 added the sixth program, the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Additionally, in 1990, the Department created the Upward Bound Math/Science program to address the need for specific instruction in the fields of math and science.

  • Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for Student Support Services, students must be seeking a degree, enrolled at HCU and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Students must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • Be a first generation college student
    • Meet U.S. Department of Education income guidelines
    • Have a documented disability
  • How To Apply

    Request Application:


  • TRIO Events

    TRIO SSS participants have the opportunity to experience academic workshops, cultural activities, and attend graduate school tours throughout the United States. For an event reflection, which must be completed after any TRIO-sponsored event, click here.

    TRIO SSS participants


Rechanne Waddell
Rechanne Waddell

“Through TRIO I have gained insight into the wonderful world around me. I have been able to see and experience things that I would have never imagined possible. Being able to go to events like a ballet or the Holocaust Museum or even getting to see a Broadway play has helped me broaden my horizons and get to fully experience what Houston has to offer. By stepping out of my comfort zone and expanding my horizons culturally, I have begun to see that we all strive to be the best we can be. I highly encourage any TRIO member to participate in the cultural events and gain insight of the world around us.”

Today Rechanne continues to expand her horizons and absorb the knowledge of different cultures as a Librarian.