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Frequently Asked Questions


 What is TRiO?

TRiO is a group of federally funded programs from the U.S. Department of Education. To date there are seven separate federal programs under TRiO: Upward Bound (1964), Talent Search (1965), Student Support Services (1968), Upward Bound Math/Science (1990), Veterans Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Centers (1972) and Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement (1986). The TRiO program at California State University is specifically funded under SSSD. 


What does the TRiO SSSD program do?

Our program exists to help eligible undergraduate students remain in college and graduate, as well as to assist students with he transition ti the next level of higher education.


What services does the program offer?

TRiO SSSD offers a number of services created to increase student's leadership and study skills, as well as to strengthen their college survival skills, all essential in order to be a successful student. These services include: click HERE to be transferred to our services page. 


What are the requirements to join the program?

You must have a documented disability and be either First-Generation (neither parent has obtained a Bachelor's Degree) and/or Low-Income (according to federal guidelines). In addition, a student must meet all of the following criteria: be a U.S. citizen or Legal Resident (must qualify for financial aid), have a FAFSA on file, have academic need and is a full-time undergraduate student here at Fresno State. We are funded to work with 100 students each year so there is an application process to screen for qualified participants.


How do I apply? 

Students can pick up an application at the SSD (Services for Students w/ Disabilities) office, located on the first floor of the Henry Madden Library, room 1202.


What does the application process include? 

After completing the TRiO SSSD application, the office will verify information and request a review of financial status from the Financial Aid Office.


How will I know if I am accepted into TRiO?

After the intake interview, pending verification of eligibility requirements and vacancies within eligibility categories, students are informed of their status via mail. The student then signs up for a TRiO orientation meeting. After the student attends the orientation and signs the appropriate forms, the student can then be admitted into the program.


What if I'm not accepted into the program?

If you are notified that you have not been accepted, the best thing to do is to either call or come by the office. It may be that our 100 student limit has been reached and you will be placed on a waiting list. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for our program, we can refer you to other resources on campus for academic assistance. 


Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Stop by our office in the Henry Madden Library (1st floor, room 1202), email us at or give us a call at (559) 278-2811.