United States Department of Education
TRIO Student Support Services

Eligibility Criteria

Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. Student Support Services (SSS) projects also may provide grant aid to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants. Link: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/triostudsupp

To enroll in TRIO SSS you must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and meet at least one of the following:

  • Be a “First Generation” student in college,
  • Meet Federal income guidelines for financial aid, or
  • Have a documented disability.
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TRIO Services

TRIO is a student support program that provides a sense of community and empowers students to achieve their educational and personal goals.

United States Department of Education

“Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.”

The US DOE Office of Postsecondary Education works to strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities to promote reform, innovation, and improvement in postsecondary education, promote and expand access to postsecondary education and increase college completion rates for America’s students, and broaden global competencies that drive the economic success and competitiveness of our Nation.

TRIO SSS in Maine

TRIO SSS Purpose

All SSS projects must provide: academic tutoring, which may include instruction in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science, and other subjects; advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection, assist student with information on both the full range of student financial aid programs, benefits and resources for locating public and private scholarships; and assistance in completing financial aid applications. Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy and assist students in applying for admission to graduate and professional programs; and assist students enrolled in two-­year institutions and applying for admission to, and obtaining financial assistance for enrollment in four­-year programs. The SSS projects may also provide individualized counseling for personal, career, and academic information, activities, and instruction designed to acquaint students with career options; exposure to cultural events and academic programs not usually available; mentoring programs, securing temporary housing during breaks for students who are homeless youths and students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system.

Download a printable copy of the Maine TRIO Student Support Services Brochure

Augusta Campus

195 Jewett Hall

46 University Drive

Augusta, Maine 04330

(207) 621-3157

Bangor Campus

205 Belfast Hall

85 Texas Avenue

Bangor, Maine 04401

(207) 262-7820

TRIO SSS Staff

Alexander D. Carson

Title: Administrative Specialist CL1

Robin G. Crawley

Title: Data Management Tech CL2

Sara M. Flowers

Title: Director TRIO Programs

Elizabeth McCue-Herlihy

Title: Associate Director of TRIO SSS

Lisa Moguel

Title: Administrative Specialist CL3

Anthony E. Staffiere

Title: College Success Counselor

Laurel L. York

Title: College Success Counselor

TRIO SSS Student Employees

 

Amanda Field

Arik Ross

Courtney Allen

Jared Bernier

Jennifer Stano

Karl Hance

Sienna Plourde

Michelle Morris

Michael Corlew

Nicole Parker

Santa Havener

Vivian DeWitt-Perreault

Cynthia Bain

Amy Cossar

Sierra Emery

Holli Corbett

TRIO SSS Peer Coach Handbook 2017-2018

TRIO SSS Department Procedure Manual 2017-2018

TRIO SSS Student Handbook 2017-2018

TRIO SSS Success Seminar Program 2017-2018

“University of Maine at Augusta—TRIO Student Support Services: Two thousand fifteen to two thousand sixteen Annual Performance Report. TRIO Student Support Services is funded by a Federal Title Four grant to provide amplified services to students who are First Generation college students, low income, and or living with disabilities that impact their scholarship. The University of Maine at Augusta’s grant is for two million five hundred thousand dollars for a period of five years between two thousand fifteen and two thousand twenty, and operated on a two thousand fifteen to two thousand sixteen budget of four hundred and eighty-four thousand, six hundred eighty-two dollars. The TRIO program serves three hundred and sixty students. Seven staff on two campuses in Augusta and Bangor serve students to increase persistence rate, good academic standing, and graduation within six years. Sixty-eight percent of our TRIO students are female. Thirty-two percent of our TRIO students are male. The average age of our TRIO students is thirty-five years old. In the two thousand fifteen to two thousand sixteen school year, eighty-three percent of our students persisted from fall semester to fall semester. Ninety-four percent of our students were in good academic standing. Eighteen percent of our participants graduated with a bachelor’s degree within six years of beginning their degree. Who does the University of Maine at Augusta TRIO Student Support Services serve? Seventy-two percent of the University of Maine at Augusta TRIO Student Support Services participants are both first generation and low income, or have a disability. Of the three hundred and sixty students we serve, eighteen percent are first generation, fifty-eight percent are both first generation and low income, ten percent are low income, nine percent are low income and have disabilities, and five percent have disabilities. The TRIO Student Support Services team of seven staff and twenty-three student peer coaches logged four thousand four hundred and ninety-one hours and twelve minutes of contact with participants in non-cognitive skills-building and coaching in personal scholarship, financial literacy, and academic resiliency. One thousand five hundred and seventy-three hours of that contact were made possible by fourteen thousand, one hundred and fifty-seven dollars in Federal work study monies.”

Download the UMA TRIO SSS 2015-2016 APR Infographic

University of Maine at Augusta—TRIO Student Support Services

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TRIO SSS

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) receives funding through a federal grant competition. Funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. SSS projects may also provide grant aid to current participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants. The program was launched in 1968, as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students (later known as Student Support Services), part of the Higher Education Act. The primary goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants. Alumni of Student Support Services include Oprah Winfrey, Angela Bassett, Patrick Ewing, Viola Davis, and Franklin Chang-Diaz. More than 1,000 colleges, universities, community colleges, and agencies now offer TRIO Programs in America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands.

TRIO Services

TRIO is a student support program that provides a sense of community and empowers students to achieve their educational and personal goals.

Amplified Student Services provided by TRIO SSS

  • College 100 Class
  • Amplified Tutoring
  • Peer Coaching
  • Study Coaching
  • Amplified Advising
  • Wish List Assistance
  • Self Management
  • Stress Management
  • Career Planning
  • Grant Aid (Scholarships)
  • Workshops
  • Math & English Brush-Up

Eligibility Criteria

To enroll in TRIO you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Enroll in a four-year degree program at UMA
  • Require academic support
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States

AND

You must meet at least one of the following:

  • Be a first generation college student (neither parent/guardian has a Bachelor’s degree),
  • Meet Federal income guidelines for financial aid; or
  • Have a documented disability that impacts your learning process.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment, or to submit the application, use the campus contact information closest to you or find us at:

www.uma.edu/trio

Augusta Campus

195 Jewett Hall

46 University Drive

Augusta, Maine 04330

(207) 621-3157

Bangor Campus

204 Belfast Hall

85 Texas Avenue

Bangor, Maine 04401

(207) 262-7820

Download a printable copy of the UMA TRIO Student Support Services Brochure

The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program at the University of Maine at Augusta serves approximately 360 undergraduates at the University. SSS provides participants with academic instruction, personal mentoring, financial aid counseling, and other supports necessary to ensure that they achieve their goals of earning a postsecondary education. Our participants come from low-income families and many from families in which neither parent has a college degree.

Each year, our program is accountable for meeting specific performance outcomes. This helps guarantee our students’ success!

In 2015-2016, 83% of UMA TRIO SSS participants persisted to the next academic year.

In 2015-2016, 94% of UMA TRIO SSS participants maintained Good Academic Standing.

“I have had many successes at UMA. I became a Rising Scholar, I received not one but two scholarships from the TRIO Program, I became Vice-President of the SGA, Executive Secretary of the GA, and I helped in getting our ID’s to become a way to get on the city bus free. I succeeded with my internship. I graduated with a 3.32 grade point average and most importantly, received my Bachelors of Science degree. I earned all of these successes but, without the support of the TRIO program behind me, I do not believe that I could have succeeded so much.”

~Angela B., University of Maine at Augusta TRIO Student, Class of ‘16

“My involvement with TRIO SSS has allowed me to become fully engaged and prosper as a student and as an individual. As a student who benefited from TRIO SSS, I wanted to become a person who could help others the way they helped me. I now have the pleasure of giving back as a Peer Mentor in TRIO SSS. In addition, I am Vice President of the Mental Health & Human Services Club on campus and a Student Government representative. TRIO SSS has given me the confidence and inner strength to reach goals that I set for myself.”

~Keith A., University of Maine at Augusta TRIO Student and Peer Coach

For more information about the TRIO Student Support Services at the University of Maine at Augusta, please contact Dr. Sara Flowers, Director of TRIO SSS on the Augusta campus at sara.flowers@maine.edu 621-3157 or Dr. Betty McCue-Herlihy, Associate Director of TRIO SSS on the Bangor campus at bettymh@maine.edu  262-7820

Download a printable copy of the UMA TRIO SSS Legislative Information Sheet

HANDOUTS [under construction]

The following handouts contain some strategies that you can use to start you on your way to becoming a more effective learner. For detailed information about any study skills topic, please attend a study skills workshop or make an appointment to see the College Success Counselor or peer coaches.

Time Management

  • Time Management Self-Assessment
  • Capturing Time
  • Making Your Schedule Work
  • Remedies for Procrastination
  • Weekly Schedule

Goal Setting

  • Goal Setting Assessment
  • Setting General Goals
  • SMART Goals
  • SMART Goals Worksheet

Get Focused

  • Memorization & Concentration

Presentation & Speaking Skills

  • Oral Presentations

Critical Reading

  • Study Aids and Strategies for Reading Textbooks
  • Critical Reading – SQR4

Lectures & Note-taking

  • Self-Assessment of Your Current Approach to Lectures
  • Cornell Note taking System

Preparing for & Taking Exams

  • Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Question Types with Bloom’s
  • Exam Study Plan
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Tips for Different Kinds of Exams
  • Approach to Writing Multiple Choice Exams
  • Key Words in Essay Questions

Mature Students

  • Tips for Mature Students