How do I know if I am eligible for services?

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 11, 2019 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: $6,630 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $8,295 for Alaska; and $7,620 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 2019 poverty guidelines are in effect as of January 11, 2019.

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How much does it cost?

All of the services provided through the program are FREE!

What is required of you?

Active participation in the program. Meeting with your academic advisor for a minimum of two times per term. Get enrolled at least in one Success at Southern TRIO Class (1 FREE credit class) per academic year. All students will be asked to sign an agreement to participate in the recommended services designed to help you achieve your goals.

What is the entrance process?

  1. Fill out and submit a Success at Southern/TRIO SSS application. Either drop it by our office located in the basement level of the Stevenson Union- Room SU125C (in front of the SOU Diversions Room), snail mail it to the address found on the bottom of the last page of the application, fax it to 541-552-6862, or email to No photographs of applications are accepted.
  2. After you submit a completed application to the Success at Southern TRIO Department, your application will be reviewed and if you are eligible you will be invited to attend an interview. At this interview you will have an opportunity to discuss your educational goals, your career ambitions, and any academic barriers you have that will prevent your success.
  3. Once you have been accepted into the program you will be invited to complete a mandatory orientation session that will review the objectives of the program and your participation in it. At the orientation you will be participating in an assessment that establishes your learning style and career choices.
  4. 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 Success at Southern/TRIO SSS tutoring center, cultural experiences, FREE classes, workshops and other the Success at Southern/TRIO SSS activities.

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 events to register for classes. If you have not yet registered for Raider Registration you can do so by going to:  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.

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

We process applications starting in August for the following academic yearWe will contact you via your SOU email with next steps.  If you meet the eligibility and academic need requirements of the program we will invite you for an informal interview.  After this interview you will hear within FIVE working days if you have been accepted into the program.

What if I decide I don’t want to be part of SAS/TRIO SSS?

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 you can always apply again! 

I applied but have not heard from SAS/TRIO SSS

We will contact you via your SOU email, 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 2019 (or within seven working days during term time) you should contact us via phone at (541) 552-6062 to confirm we received your application.

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.

For more information, contact us in the basement level of the Stevenson Union - Room  SU125C (in front of the SOU Diversions Room).

Email:   Phone: (541) 552-6062