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TRiO Student Support Services (TRiO/SSS) 

The TRiO Student Support Services project at Finlandia University provides academic services to empower 180 qualifyingTRiO Logo students to articulate and achieve their personal, educational and career goals.  TRiO/SSS is funded by a grant through the U.S. Department of Education. 

TRiO Student Support Services delivers a program of academic and personal support designed in partnership with the student. Services are designed to assure that participants persist from one academic year to the next and graduate with a bachelor degree. 

Services included in your Graduation and Career Plan can include any of the following areas:

  • Academic Counseling
  • Career Exploration/Planning
  • Personal Counseling
  • Financial Aid Assistance/Planning
  • Financial Literacy Education
  • Professional Tutoring
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Supplemental instruction in English and math
  • Copy Center
  • Printing
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Graduate school exploration/visits/application
  • Service Opportunities


You are eligible for TRiO Student Support Services if:

  • you are a first generation college student;


  • you have financial need;


  • you have a physical or learning disability


  • you have academic need.


Being a first generation college student means that neither one of your parents or the biological parent that you resided with primarily did not complete a four-year college or university bachelor degree.

Having financial need means that your individual or family's taxable income falls below the official federal income figure determined by family size.

Having a disability means that you have a documented physical or learning disability that may affect your role as a student.

Academic need includes, but is not limited to, any of the following: HS or college GPA below 3.0; composite ACT score of 20 or below; earned GED; failing grades; out of school 5 years or more; undeclared major/or no clear career goals; single parent; need for personal counseling.


The TRiO SSS staff will contact you upon receipt of your application.

For more information please contact, Cindy Cowell at (906) 487-7346 or Terri Olsen at (906) 487-7296. TRiO/SSS is located in Nikander 11, and is open weekdays 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.