Trio Student Support Services S3

About TRIO-S3

The progressive history of TRiO began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration’s War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, 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 federally funded programs from the Department of Education. Over the years, the TRIO Programs have expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and to reach more students who need assistance

TRiO Student Support Services (S3) has been a part of Heritage University services to students since 2005. We provide assistance to 160 active students every year. Students who participate in the program come from every academic department and major on campus. To participate in the program, students must meet eligibility guidelines that are based on household income, parent’s education, or student documented disability. Services provided to students include academic advising, tutoring, career information, help with financial aid concerns, workshops, and help understanding academic policies and procedures. We work closely with many other programs at HU including the Financial Aid Office, Admissions Office, Registrar, CAMP, Student Life and many others.


TRiO (S3) Program mission is to increase retention and graduation rates of student by offering academic and personal support. It is committed to serving 160 low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities to earn a bachelor’s degree within six years. While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to higher education.

Services Provided:

Types of services the TRIO/SSS Program provides:

  • Career Guidance
  • Free Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • College Success Workshops
  • Grant Aid
  • Resume Writing Seminars
  • Cultural Enrichment Activities
  • Assistance applying for financial aid and internships
  • Scholarship Awareness
  • Summer Academic Enrichment Program

Meet The Team


8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Heritage Village – Building 3500

Melissa Hill

Melissa Hill

Assistant VP for Student Affairs
Stephanie Sanchez

Stephanie Sanchez

Retention Specialist, Student Support Services TRiO