TRIO Student Support Services

What is SSS?

Appalachian TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) provides comprehensive services to 200 students who are first-generation and/or low-income. Through our services we provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with college requirements, and motivate students to successfully complete their degree.

Support for TRIO Student Support Services is provided by the U.S. Department of Education and Appalachian State University.

What Does “First-Generation” Mean?

There are many ways to define the term “first-generation.” At Appalachian State University we define first-generation students as those with no parent/guardian who has completed a bachelor’s degree. First-generation students may be the very first person in their families to attend a four-year university, or they may have older siblings who have attended college.

SSS 2018-2019 Year in Review

SSS 2017-2018 Year in Review

Program Requirements

SSS Participants are required to participate in the following program components throughout their college career:

  • Early Advising Meeting with their SSS Advisor each semester
  • Registration Advising with their SSS Advisor each semester
  • First-Year Mentor Program – meet with their assigned mentor for 30 minutes each week
  • First-Year Academic Progress and Planning Hour – attend one APP Hour per week
  • First-Year Professional Development Opportunities – attend all required workshops during their first year (6 workshops in the Fall; 2 workshops in the Spring)
  • Continuing Student Academic Workshops – attend the Resource Fair during the Fall Semester

Contact Us

We are working remotely and can be reached via email at and voicemail using the staff directory.


About SSS From Our Participants

(produced by Michael Fields, Beasley Media Complex, Appalachian State University)

SSS Graduating Senior Interviews

(Produced by SSS Student Nakia Hewitt)