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A Program Built for Success

RSU TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a program built around supporting the success of college students. It is a FREE program that helps students successfully navigate college and prepare for graduate school or a career.

You Belong

Surround yourself with a group of like-minded students from similar backgrounds striving to succeed in your pursuit of a college degree. Find a home with SSS.

TRIO Works

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Federal TRIO Programs have helped students to overcome economic, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education across the country since their founding in 1964.

Student Support Services

SSS guides and motivates first-generation, low-income or disabled students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary degrees. Recent studies of SSS found that program participation resulted in statistically significant higher student retention and transfer rates, improved grade point averages and credit accumulation.

Program participants also bested their similarly situated peers in degree completion at two-year colleges (41% vs. 28%) and four-year colleges (48% vs. 40%).

SSS assists eligible RSU students to achieve their academic goals by providing academic advisement, financial aid and literacy counseling, on-site and virtual tutors, career readiness guidance, various academic workshops, cultural activities and graduate school information.


Potential SSS participants must be admitted and enrolled at the RSU Claremore campus and be a citizen or national of the US who meets the residency requirements for Federal student financial assistance.

First Generation College Student:

  1. A student neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree;
  2. A student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one parent and whose supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree; or
  3. An individual who, prior to the age of 18, did not regularly reside with or receive support from a natural or an adoptive parent.

Financially-Disadvantaged Students:

A student who resides in a household with the taxable income of the family meeting standards set by the U.S. Department of Education each January.

Students with Disabilities:

A student with a documented disability through RSU Student Disability Services.


  • Academic assistance
  • Advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection
  • Information and assistance with federal student aid
  • Financial and economic literacy and wellbeing
  • Assistance in applying for graduate school and applying for federal aid
  • Career exploration
  • Mentoring/tutoring programs

Supplemental Grant Aid

SSS Supplemental Grant Aid is a financial award available to eligible SSS participants each spring semester. This grant is provided by the Office of TRIO Programs through a grant from the US Department of Education to support the educational pursuits of SSS participants at Rogers State University. Eligibility is determined upon completion of the Grant Aid application which details the requirements.

Experience Culture

Have the chance to go on FREE trips and experience culture:

  • Museums
  • Musical productions and plays
  • Volunteer service opportunities
  • Community events


SSS hosts numerous on campus events throughout the year for their participants including:

  • TRIO Talks (Academic Enrichment roundtables)
  • Welcome Week
  • FAFSA Days
  • First Generation Student Day
  • Spring Break Week
  • Grad Bash
  • Big Tent Day
  • Finals Week Events

Apply Today

Are you ready to find your home with SSS? Complete the application below and join our team. All services are free for eligible RSU students.

Submit SSS Application

Contact Us

Stop by or call us and discover what RSU Student Support Services can do for you!

Preparatory Hall, Room 105 (Lower Level)
[email protected]

Meet Our Staff

Matthew Howard
Administrative Assistant

Mitchell Hubbard
Academic Advisor

Dorothy Mullis
Academic Advisor

Elizabeth Gordon
Program Director