TRiO-SSS is funded 100% by the Department of Education Federal TRIO Programs. We support students who are highly motivated to complete their academic programs. Qualifying students include TRiO-SSS students who are motivated and diverse achievers.
We are committed to providing excellent academic advising and access to financial literacy education, peer-mentoring, college tours, cultural events, and skill development workshops to empower TRiO-SSS participants to thrive in higher education. We help our students become college and career ready through the following practices:
Individualized Academic Advising. Each TRiO-SSS advisor has a small student caseload. Our goal is to meet with you regularly throughout the semester so that we can build a supportive relationship. We do this by spending time with you to explore your academic and career goals, and to further understand your experiences, challenges and supports.
Assistance Applying for Scholarships. We award $20,000 in TRiO-SSS Grant Aid each academic year. We also help students apply for numerous local and regional scholarships that are provided by our larger TRIO organizations and partners. Scholarship resumes and essays are important! We can help you submit a strong application so that you can meet your financial needs to succeed!
Campus Visits to 4-Year Universities. We will explore your transfer options and cover all expenses for campus visits. We will guide you through the process as you prepare to transfer by connecting you to the appropriate advisors and resources at the school of your choice. UNM-Taos is just the first step, keep going!!
Financial Literacy, Skill Development & Career Readiness. We engage participants in a student centered environment to assist in the learning of strategies to navigate college more skillfully and reach degree completion.
In 2019 and 2020, TRIO-SSS students; Caleb Adams, Jennifer Longo and Amy Pecis achieved state and national academic recognition within STEM fields.
Do you Qualify for TRIO SSS?
Students must meet at least 1 of the following qualifying criteria; • First generation college student, (Neither parent graduated from college or university with a Bachelor’s degree.) • Meet low-income guidelines set by Dept. of Ed. • Documented disability and registered with UNM-Taos Accessibility Resource Center. They must also meet ALL of the following program eligibility requirements : • Enrolled in a Certificate or Associate program. • U.S. citizens or permanent residents and do NOT already have a Bachelors Degree or higher.