Prospective Students

TRIO Disability Support Services (DSS) is a federally funded program that provides opportunities for academic development and motivates students in obtaining a bachelor’s degree. The program commits to assist first-generation and/or limited income undergraduate students who have learning, physical, and psychological disabilities while protecting the dignity and values of all DSS participants.

  • Download TRIO DSS Program Application for 2020-2021 Academic Year  Make sure to save and open PDF file using Adobe Reader to complete the fillable form.
  • Stop by the TRIO DSS Office in Grace Wilkie Annex RM 158 to pick up a hard copy any time between 9:00AM - 5:00PM, Monday - Friday.
  • Digital copies of the completed application and supporting documentation may be submitted by email to Hard copies may be sumitted in person to the TRIO DSS Office.


To establish eligibility for program services, the student:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be an undergraduate student pursuing their first bachelor’s degree
  • Must provide verified documentation* of a disability (i.e. learning, physical, emotional,
    psychological, etc.)

    *All documentation is confidential information and is protected as such. If you have a disability that is not
    documented, the DSS Staff will assist you in locating a licensed professional qualified to assist you with
    assessing and documenting your disability.

How to Apply

All completed applications must include the following:

  • Completed and signed TRIO Disability Support Services Program application including Your Preferred Learning Styles and O*Net Interest Profiler forms
  • Copy of most recent transcript (Incoming Freshmen will need to provide their high school
  • Copy of most recent Federal Income Tax Return (IRS 1040)
    • Parents’ income tax return (if you are a dependent according to FAFSA)
    • Your income tax return (if you are an independent according to FAFSA)
    • See advisor for other income verification options
  • Disability documentation (IEP, DSF from ODS, documentation from a licensed professional)

Services Provided

The following services are provided to students who participate in the TRIO DSS program:

  • Academic tutoring
  • Advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection
  • Information on the full range of federal student financial aid programs and benefits
  • Assistance in completing FAFSA
  • Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy
  • Assistance to students in applying for admission to, and obtaining financial assistance for
    enrollment in, graduate and professional programs
  • Adaptive technology lab
  • Free printing
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Study skills workshops