TRiO Student Support Services

About Us!

TriO (tree-oh) n. A community of students and staff committed to the challenges and rewards of learning, graduation, and transfer.

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federal program free of cost to participants.  The program provides opportunities for academic developments, assists students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.  The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants.

Who We Serve

Students may be eligible if they are U.S. citizens or permanent resident who have been accepted for enrollment at Drake State and meet one or more of the following requirements:

- First-generation college student (neither parent has a 4-year degree)

- Meets federal low-income eligibility

- Student with documented disability evidencing academic need

How to Apply

Students may request an application by calling (256) 551-5203.  Please return your completed application to the TRiO office and schedule an interview with one of the program advisors.

What We Do

Academic Advising

TRiO  students regularly meet with program staff for academic advising in relation to course selection, goal-setting, and available resources for success.  Our advisors teach how to make the most of their college experience.


TRiO tutors are available each semester to meet with students on a ongoing basis. Current students can find information about tutor services in their Canvas account.

Student Workshops

Several workshops are offered each semester that help participants identify student success strategies and how to manage the demands of college life.

College/Cultural Tours

Each semester, TRiO takes a trip to increase cultural and academic awareness.  Students will have the opportunity to visit 4-year institutions and experience learning through cultural activities.

Computer Lab

TRiO participants have the privilege of using computers reserved for their use.  We provide state-of-the- art computers, internet access, and a wide range of software.

Contact Us:

Building 700, Room 702
(256) 551-7279
For current calendar events and announcements, see the TRiO boards in building 500 and 700.