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TRIO SSS serves students at the University of Iowa who demonstrate academic need and are first generation, or low-income, or have a verified disability. We create a welcoming environment that supports our students and inspires them to reach their fullest potential and be successful in all their academic and personal endeavors through graduation. We strive to develop all of our students into life-long learners by building relationships with them and maintaining strong partnerships with campus and community resources.


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Cody Pritchard, Director, TRIO Student Support Services, Center for Diversity & Enrichment

Kristi Murphy, Secretary, TRIO Student Support Services, Center for Diversity & Enrichment

Haley Kamps, Student Success Coach, TRIO Student Support Services, Center for Diversity & Enrichment

Cassie Walizer, Student Success Coach, TRIO Student Support Services, Center for Diversity & Enrichment

Steph Yazell, Student Success Coach, TRIO Student Support Services, Center for Diversity & Enrichment

Who we are

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) at the University of Iowa is a federal grant funded program by the U.S. Department of Education that has been on campus since 1977.

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Who we serve

We currently serve 350 full-time undergraduate students.

There are a few basic requirements to join TRIO SSS. You must be:

  •       Enrolled as a full-time student at UI
  •       U.S Citizen or eligible to receive federal financial aid


  •       First-generation college student (neither parent or guardian has received a baccalaureate degree), or
  •       Income eligible according to the federal government or Have a verified disability.


  •       Demonstrate academic need.

How to apply

TRIO SSS is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Please click on this link to apply:

What it means to be a TRIO SSS student

Success Coaching - Success coaching with TRIO SSS is very holistic in nature and covers a variety of topics including academic skill building, academic probation support, career planning, graduate/professional school preparation, FAFSA filing assistance, personal financial literacy and college financing options, health and well-being, leadership development, and TRIO course enrollment. As coaches, we are here to help. If students don’t know where to go with questions, TRIO SSS staff are the perfect place to start!  Participants meet with a TRIO SSS coach at least once per semester.

TRIO class enrollment – All TRIO SSS participants are expected to enroll in a one semester hour course each semester called Steps to Success for TRIO.  The classes are taught be TRIO SSS staff and have smaller enrollment numbers (max. 20).  We focus on building community while addressing topics such as:

  • Academic skill building
  • Career exploration and professional development
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Financial literacy and financial aid
  • Leadership
  • Life skills/issues

Tutoring – TRIO SSS offers individual and small group tutoring for a variety of courses at the University of Iowa. Students can request a tutor for as many courses as they would like each semester and, subject to availability, will be matched with a tutor. Once matched, students meet with their tutor for one hour per week per course. The courses offered are typically common introductory courses, such as chemistry, biology, math, Spanish, economics, and psychology (and many others).

Students can submit a tutor request form here.

What TRIO Students are Saying

“TRIO SSS made me enjoy the University of Iowa more and gave me a sense of belonging. This class was kind of like a home and I could relate to all my classmates. Our discussions went in depth and it was good that we all felt comfortable with one another.”

“I notice that I am much more confident in my work and myself. I recognize the spaces that I am in and believe that I am very worthy of being there, without hesitation. I look at opportunities and I wonder how can I build on from here. I am much more driven and TRIO helped do that.”

“The classes are definitely the most memorable moments, I can't choose a single memory in class but all activities have helped me learn about life, myself, and my peers.”