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 January 15, 2020 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: $6,720 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $8,400 for Alaska; and $7,725 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 2020 poverty guidelines are in effect as of January 15, 2020. Federal Register notice was published January 17, 2020. Retrieved from

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 are a list of some additional student support services for SOU students: