TRIO Student Support Services is located in May Hall 209. Drop in or call us at 701-483-2029.

What is TRIO?

The Student Support Services program is one of three TRIO programs established by Congress in 1964. These programs are federally funded through competitive grants at over 1,200 colleges, universities, and agencies throughout the U.S.

The TRIO program provides services at no cost to students who are at least one of the following:

first generation student (neither parent graduated with a bachelor’s degree)

from low-income families (according to federal income guidelines), or

have a documented disability

have been in foster care

are a veteran

Our primary role is to promote success by building confidence and self-worth through partnerships with historically underrepresented student populations.

Our mission is to provide individual and holistic academic, cultural, and personal development from entry to graduation. We foster passion and engagement to empower our students and help them accomplish their personal and professional goals.

TRIO Support

TRIO support includes, but is not limited to:

Academic Assistance

We can help you learn how to take better notes and study for tests and exams. We will help you tailor your experience at DSU to best fit your personal learning style and graduation plan. 

Early Registration

Our students get the chance to register for classes before all other students at DSU!

Equipment for Checkout

As a member of TRIO, you have access to an abundance of study materials and helpful equipment. These items are available for checkout to our students exclusively.

  • Calculator (TI-89, TI-84 Plus, TI-82, TI-36, TI-30)
  • Camcorder
  • Digital voice recorder
  • Exam study material (GRE, Praxis, NCLEX, Rosetta Stone, etc.)
  • Headphones
  • Laptop computer
  • Magnifier mouse
  • Reading pen
  • Textbooks (Accounting, Education, Nursing, etc.)
  • USB drive

Financial Literacy

Our staff can assist you in filling out your FAFSA applications, advise you in financial matters, and help you create a budget.

Grant Aid

TRIO students can apply for direct grant aid if they are eligible for the Pell Grant.

Social Gatherings

We always have something going on at TRIO! We plan numerous social and cultural events and trips for our students.

TRIO Alumni

Upon graduation, our TRIO students become TRIO alumni. By joining our alumni network, you will have the opportunity to sustain your relationships and create new ones with fellow alumni, mentor others and exchange your ideas, and stay updated with current events.

You can also connect with other alumni throughout the U.S. by joining the National TRIO Alumni Association (NTAA) or by becoming part of the regional TRIO alumni network.