TRIO Student Support Services
A Supportive Community
Requirements for Transfer
TRIO serves students who meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:
- First generation college students. This means neither of your parents has completed a four-year degree.
- Students from limited income families. This is determined by taxable income. See Federal Income Guidelines.
- Students with disabilities. Documentation must be provided to Office of Disability Services.
- You must be enrolled at DWU full time, meet the residency requirements for student aid, and demonstrate academic potential and need.
We provide proactive support services to promote your personal, academic and professional goals and provide strategies in support of those goals.
- Academic Tutoring
- Peer Mentors
- College Success and Study Skill Strategies
- Academic Advising and Course Selection Assistance
- Personal Counseling
- Financial Literacy
- Financial Aid and Scholarship Assistance
- Career and Work Preparation
- Post-Graduate School Planning
- Opportunities for Service and Leadership
- Opportunities for Cultural and Social Engagement
- Access to Campus and Community Resources
- Opportunities for Grant Aid Scholarship Awards (Pell-eligible)
You will complete an application online during new student registration. TRIO staff will review applications and request additional required documentation.
TRIO programs are college opportunity programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education that advocate for college access and success. Similar to student financial aid programs, which help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.
In South Dakota, TRIO has 11 projects serving 2,721 participants. Dakota Wesleyan University has offered a TRIO Program since 1979 and currently serves 160 students.