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Our nation has made a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all citizens regardless of race, ethnic background, economic circumstance, or handicapping conditions.

In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help disadvantaged students enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. Student Support Services is funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and is a Trio Program.

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While student financial aid programs are designed to help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, Trio Programs are designed to help students overcome environmental, social, cultural, and academic barriers to higher education. They provide information, counseling, academic instruction, tutoring, assistance in applying for financial aid, encouragement and support..

Trio Programs - Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services and Educational Opportunity Centers, provide the supportive services that students need to succeed in college. Trio Programs help almost 450,000 disadvantaged students each year at a cost of less than 220 million dollars annually. Two-thirds of Trio students come from families with incomes of less than $18,000 per year; most are academically under-prepared; and most must overcome tremendous class and social barriers in order to participate in higher education.

The majority of Trio students, 65% are members of minority groups; 41% are black, 17% are Hispanic, 4% are American Indian, and 3% are Asian. A substantial number of Trio students, 35%, are white. Fourteen thousand students are physically handicapped.

There are approximately 1,340 Trio Programs in operation nationwide at more than 850 public and private colleges and universities, and at 80 community agencies.


A first-generation student is an individual whose parents have not received bachelor's degrees.

A low-income student is an individual whose annual income level meets the federal guidelines established by the U.S. Census Bureau for determining poverty status. In general, students receiving Pell Grants are frequently eligible for the SSS program.

Academic need is established by a low college GPA, low ACT score, a non-traditional student, etc.

Services Offered

Services may include the following:

  • Priority Pre-registration
  • Academic Monitoring
  • Self-Improvement Sessions
  • Cultural Enhancement
  • Tutoring
  • Counseling
  • Guidance
  • Study Skills
  • Organization Strategies
  • Time Management Skills
  • Interest Inventories
  • Career Exploration
  • Self-help Library
  • Direct Correspondence with Financial Aid Counselors
  • Advocacy
  • Referrals

How To Apply

Priority will be given to a select number of students depending on the federal funding allowed for each school year. In order to be considered, this select number of students must possess the desire and potential to successfully complete his/her chosen course of study in the time allowed at Mississippi State University.

  1. Applications are available at the office of Student Support Services or on the web at:
  2. Return or mail the completed application to:
    Student Support Services
    P.O. Box 806
    Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762
  3. Student Support Services will contact you for an interview.

Intake Process

  1. Complete application for services.
  2. Mail the completed application to:
    Attention: Julie Capella, Assistant Dean of Student Support Services
    P.O. Box 806
    Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762
  3. Contact Julie Capella, Assistant Dean of Student Support Services for an intake interview. Contact Julie Capella at (662) 325-3335.