How do I know if I am eligible for services?

In order to be eligible for services you must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Identify as a  first generation college student - Neither of your parents completed a bachelors degree.
  • Identify as Low-income which is determined by your family income. If your family income is at or below the federal guidelines you are considered to be a low income student (See Chart Below).
  • Have a registered disability
  • And have an academic need-This criteria is broadly defined, and may include 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.

Federal TRIO Programs
Current-Year Low-Income Levels (Effective January 31, 2018 until further notice)

Size of Family Unit

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




































I have filled out the application where do I send it?

Either drop it by our office located in the ASP (Stevenson Union Basement), snail mail it to the address found on the bottom of the last page of the application, fax it to 541-552-8462, or email to

I have submitted my application what happens now?

We cannot process your application for services until you are admitted to SOU and have registered for classes.  If you are a new student, you should attend one of the Raider Registration (RR) events to register for classes. If you have not yet registered for RR you can do so by going to: Raider Registration

When we have confirmed your registration we will process your application to confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements and have an academic need that requires services. At this time your application will be reviewed and if you are eligible you will be invited to attend an interview. We will contact you via your SOU email to schedule the interview. At this interview you will have an opportunity to discuss your educational goals, career ambitions, and any academic barriers you have that will prevent your success.

I applied but have not heard from TRiO

For students attending in fall term we process applications starting in August although you may apply at any time pending space in our program. We will contact you via your SOU email with next steps, please check your SOU email and make sure your filter is set to accept our emails. If you have checked your email and not heard from us by Mid-August 2017 (or within seven working days during term time) you should contact us via phone at 541-552-6062 to confirm we received your application.

When will I know if I got accepted into the program?

If you meet the eligibility and academic need requirements of the program, we will invite you for an informal interview via skype, phone, or in-person. After this interview you will hear within FIVE working days if you have been accepted into the program. We will contact you via your SOU email with next steps.

What if I decide I don’t want to be part of TRiO?

The interview process is a great time to express your concerns, ask questions, and learn about the program. If at that time, or in the future, you decide that TRiO is not something you want to pursue just let us know.  If in the future, you feel you would like to be a part of TRiO again, you can always reapply! 

What happens if I am accepted?

Once you have been accepted into the program, you will be invited to complete a mandatory orientation through Moodle, that will review the objectives of the program and your participation in it. During the orientation, you will be participating in an assessment that establishes your learning style and career choices.

After Orientation is completed, you will attend your First Personal Education Plan Meeting. During the meeting you will complete your academic plan and career goals. You and your TRiO advisor will develop goals and outline program recommendations that will enable you to become an ACTIVE and SUCCESSFUL participant. We will also review your assessment results from orientation and make recommendations to help you with study and class skills. We will also discuss any personal needs or concerns that you have.

After you have completed all these steps you will be eligible to access the TRiO tutoring center, cultural experiences, TRiO classes, workshops, and other TRiO activities.

What if I am not accepted?

If you are not accepted into the program, we will advise you of other options where you can seek similar help through other SOU departments. All the information will be sent to your SOU email address, so you can refer back to it when needed.


Still have questions?

While we try to answer all questions on this page, you may have some we have not addressed. If you do not find the answer you are looking for please contact the TRiO SSS program in ASP (Stevenson Union Building Basement) Email: Phone: (541) 552-6062


Thank you for your interest in the Student Support Services-TRiO Program at Southern Oregon University.