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TRiO - Student Support Services - Disabilities

Frequently Asked Questions

 What is TRiO?

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs (Educational Opportunity Centers, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement, Student Support Services,Talent Search, Training Program for Federal TRiO Program Staff, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, and Veterans Upward Bound) targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects.

The recipients of the grants, depending on the specific program, are institutions of higher education, public, and private agencies and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth and secondary schools. Combinations of such institutions, agencies, and organizations may also apply for grants. These entities plan, develop and carry out the services for students. While individual students are served by these entities, they may not apply for grants under these programs. Additionally, in order to be served by one of these programs, a student must be eligible to receive services and be accepted into a funded project that serves the institution or school that student is attending or the area in which the student lives. Our TRiO SSS-D program at California State University, Fresno is specifically funded to serve students with disabilities. 

 How do I get Supplemental Grant Aid?

  • Eligible students must qualify for financial aid and must receive Pell Grant 

  • Priority will be given to Freshman and Sophomores

  • Be in good academic standing and have active program participation

What does the TRiO SSS-D program do?

Our program exists to ensure our students remain in good academic standing, that they persist to the next grade level, and that they graduate within six years. We are here to support eligible undergraduate students remain on track to reach their academic goals, as well as to assist students’ transition to the next level of higher education or professional development. 

What services does the program offer?

Our TRiO SSS-D offers 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.

Our TRiO SSS-D offers a number of services created to increase student's leadership and study skills, as well as to strengthen their college survival skills, all essential in order to be a successful student. These services include: click HERE to be transferred to our services page. 

What are the requirements to join the program?

We are funded to work with 110 students each year so there is an application process to screen for qualified participants.

  • You must have a documented disability and receive services through SSD
  • The student must meet all of the following criteria: be a U.S. citizen or Legal Resident 
  • Have an academic need for additional support 
  • Enrolled in full-time units
  • Must be an undergraduate student here at Fresno State.
  • Priority goes to those who:
  • are First-Generation (neither parent has obtained a Bachelor's Degree)
  • Low-Income (according to federal guidelines)

How do I apply? 

  • Students can pick up an application at the Services for Students w/ Disabilities office, located on the first floor of the Fresno State Library, room 1202.

  • Students can also inquire for an application emailing the program’s email at

How will I know if I am accepted into TRiO?

After the intake interview, pending verification of eligibility requirements and vacancies within eligibility categories, students are informed of their status via mail. The student then signs up for a TRiO orientation meeting. After the student attends the orientation and signs the appropriate forms, the student can then be admitted into the program.

What if I'm not accepted into the program?

If our program is full you will be extended an invitation to be part of our Mentoring and Peer Support Program in order to support your academic needs. If a spot becomes available the student will then be notified by the Program Assistant and can continue with the application process.  

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Stop by our office in the Library(1st floor, room 1202), email us at or give us a call at (559) 278-2073.



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