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The College of St. Scholastica

TRIO Student Support Services

Student Support Services (SSS) is a 100% federally funded TRIO Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education ($338,973 annually). The College of St. Scholastica SSS program serves 175 SSS students each year and provides free services to eligible students. The federal TRIO programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes seven outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

Eligibility, Application and Services


You may be eligible if you are a U.S. Citizen with academic need and at least one of the following is true:

  • Neither of your parents or guardians graduated from a four-year college
  • You have documented financial need and meet the income guidelines
  • You have a documented disability


Apply Online

There are 2 steps when applying online. Both steps must be completed before your application will be considered for the program.

Step 1: Personal Information Form

Student: Fill out the Personal Information Form to apply for TRIO SSS.

Step 2: Income Verification Form

Parent/Guardian of Dependent Student or Independent Student: Complete the Income Verification Form.

A parent or guardian will need to complete this step unless you are an independent student (an independent student must meet at least one of the following: 24 years old, married, serving active duty in military, foster care or ward of the state, etc. Discuss with SSS staff if you have any questions re: status).

Other Ways to Apply

If you don’t want to apply online, you can either visit our office in Tower Hall, Room 2150 to pick up an application or we can send you a paper application (email


Email or call 218-723-6594.


SSS offers free services in the following four areas: academic support, career guidance, personal development, and financial literacy. The purpose of our services is to increase the number of SSS eligible students who graduate from college.

TRIO McNair Scholars Program

The TRIO McNair Scholars program inspires and empowers the McNair student community to succeed in research, graduate study and advanced careers. The McNair student community specifically includes first generation students with financial need and underrepresented students of color enrolled at The College of St. Scholastica, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Lake Superior College and the University of Minnesota Duluth.


Am I eligible to join the TRIO McNair Scholars program?

The TRIO McNair Scholars program provides educational access and success for income-eligible first generation students and underrepresented students of color. Federally-funded by the U.S. Department of Education, McNair participants must meet the following eligibility requirements.

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident; and
  • Enrolled in an institution of higher education with the intention of completing a Bachelor’s degree; and
  • Be an income-eligible first-generation student*;
  • Be a member of a group underrepresented in graduate education (African American, Native American, Pacific Islander, Alaska Native, or of Hispanic heritage).

Answer a few questions on this form to quickly determine your eligibility for the TRIO McNair Scholars program. If you have any questions or concerns about eligibility, please contact us at

STEM majors, sophomores and TRIO alumni are especially encouraged to apply! The McNair program serves students from The College of St. Scholastica, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Lake Superior College and The University of Minnesota Duluth.

*Income eligibility based on this taxable income chart. First-generation student means neither natural/adoptive parent has completed a Bachelor’s degree.

Application Components

How do I apply?

Please review McNair eligibility information prior to applying.

Then follow these steps:

  1. Complete your applicant information
  2. Complete income documentation
  3. Complete your personal statement
  4. Submit an unofficial transcript to
  5. Complete an interview with McNair staff

McNair applications are opened at the beginning of each academic year. Priority is given to complete applications submitted by October 15th although applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, concerns, or require accommodations, please email our office at

Activities as a Scholar

What will I learn?

The McNair program provides comprehensive learning and support designed to inspire and empower you to succeed in graduate study and an advanced career, including:

  • Research with a faculty mentor.
  • Scholarly activities such as presenting your research.
  • Seminars and other educational activities.
  • One-on-one advising.

In addition, participants have access to resources such as:

  • Summer research stipends.
  • Summer housing.
  • Travel funds.
  • GRE test prep materials.
  • Application fee waivers and reductions.
  • Tutoring.

Grant Information

Grant # ~ P217A170051

This TRIO McNair Scholars Program is federally funded at $283,397 annually through the U.S. Department of Education.