Am I Eligible for the SAS/TRIO-SSS Program?

To be eligible, students must meets ALL of the following requirements:

  1. Is a citizen or national of the United States or meets the residency requirements for Federal Student Financial Assistance (grants, work-study and or loans - determined by FAFSA form).
  2. Is enrolled at Southern Oregon University.

  3. Has a need for academic support in order to pursue successfully a postsecondary educational program (This criteria is broadly defined, and may include but not limited to low GPA, low entrance or placement test scores, a need for assistance in completing college level math course, and/or being a transfer student or nontraditional student, among others).

AND students must meet at least ONE of these criteria:

  • First generation college student (the parents or person that raised you does not have a bachelor’s degree);

  • Meet the low income eligibility criteria (means an individual whose family’s taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty amount – according with yearly Federal TRIO Programs Low Income Levels) or

  • Have a documented disability.

Federal TRIO Programs
Current-Year Low-Income Levels

(Effective Jan. 19, 2023 until further notice)

Size of Family Unit

48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions



































For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $7,710 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $9,645 for Alaska; and $8,865 for Hawaii.

The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register on January 19, 2023 and are effective as of January 19, 2023.

If you are not eligible for the Success at Southern/TRIO-SSS program, there are numerous services around campus that all SOU students may access.
 Here is a list of some additional student support services for SOU students:

Please feel free to call us at 541-552-6062 or contact us at if you have any questions. 
Success at Southern/TRIO-SSS Program
1250 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone:(541) 552-6062
Fax:(541) 552-6293