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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 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.




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