TRiO Student Support Services (SSS)



TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) provides opportunities for academic development and serves to motivate students toward successful completion of their undergraduate college experience.

The goal of SSS is to improve academic performance, increase retention and graduation rates and foster an environment that supports undergraduate students through the completion of their first baccalaureate degree.

SSS is a component of the federal TRIO programs, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and established at UT Arlington in 1976.

Our Services

SSS staff members assist students with selecting courses, setting academic goals, developing strategies for academic achievement, and preparing for meetings with their major academic advisors. Students work directly with our staff to explore current academic needs and the resources available to develop an individualized system of support. Coaching and advising are offered for personal, financial, and career matters.

Services include:

  • Coaching & Guidance
  • Workshops
  • Financial Education
  • Tutoring
  • and more!

Coaching & Guidance

Each participant works with a TRIO Success Coach to explore their current academic needs and the resources available to develop a plan of action. The TRIO coaches are knowledgeable of UT Arlington's requirements and expectations and help participants find solutions to problems they may encounter.  

The focus on individualized coaching and support addresses each participant’s need for improvement and development in the following areas: academics, financial literacy, and personal & social matters.


Our workshops educate and assist participants in developing the necessary skills to graduate and achieve their goals. SSS conducts workshops in a number of areas related to academic success. Past topics have included academic and personal development, time management and test-taking skills.


SSS offers information about federal student aid, assistance in applying for financial aid, and activities designed to inform participants about financial and economic literacy.

  • Information in applying for financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans, etc.)
  • Assistance in applying for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Education/counseling to improve financial and economic literacy


Tutoring is an active-learning process, requiring the student and tutor to achieve an understanding of course material through one-on-one and small group interaction. SSS tutors are trained extensively and are upper-division students who have been recommended by UT Arlington professors in their tutorial field.

Tutoring sessions occur in-person or virtually. In-person sessions take place on-campus in the TRIO SSS Lab (or another on-campus location). Virtual sessions take place via MS Teams.


  • Career and Major Exploration
  • Graduate and Professional School Exploration
  • Cultural, Social, and Volunteer activities
  • Sense of belonging to the TRIO SSS Community
  • Assistance in course selection


TRIO Student Support Services offers free academic support services to students enrolled at UT Arlington.  Participants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who meet eligibility requirements; priority is given to students who meet any two of the following:

  • Low-income student: Students may be required  to furnish documentation of income (i.e. tax returns, W2 form, FAFSA, etc.).
  • First-generation student: This means that neither of your parents (or guardians) have completed a 4-year college degree.
  • Student with a disability: SSS program staff will confirm registration with the UT Arlington Student Access and Resource Center.


You can sign up for our services by visiting our office in Ransom Hall, Suite 206 to fill out an application, or request one by email at  All new applicants are interviewed by program staff.  If you have questions about the program, please email us, or call us at 817-272-3684.  

To receive the most benefits from program services it is recommended that new participants sign up at the beginning of a semester. The program may admit students year-round, however, it is strongly recommended that students enroll within the first four weeks of the semester.