TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS), located on campus on the second floor of D. D. Dougherty, provides comprehensive services to 200 students who are first-generation and/or low-income. We provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with college requirements, and motivate students to successfully complete their degree.

Support for TRIO Student Support Services is provided by the U.S. Department of Education and Appalachian State University.


Students are eligible for services from TRIO Student Support Services if they meet one or more of the criteria listed below:

  • First generation college student (neither parent nor guardian has received a Bachelor's degree, older siblings may have attended college.)
  • Low family income (need to meet federal income guidelines)
  • Meet the above criteria and have a documented learning or physical disability


As a federally funded program we are required to have on file certain information about our students, including family income and educational status, in order to meet program guidelines. Complete the following information and mail or fax the documents to our office:

  • Application/Eligibility Form for Fall 2021 admission
  • Signed copy of parent's 2019 or 2020 tax return with the student's name listed on the return

TRIO Student Support Services
ASU Box 32087
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Fax: 828-262-6834

Program Requirements

Participants are required to participate in the following program components throughout their college career:

  • Early Advising Meeting with their TRIO SSS Advisor each semester
  • Registration Advising with their TRIO SSS Advisor each semester
  • First-Year Mentor Program – meet with their assigned mentor for 30 minutes each week
  • First-Year Community Time – attend one FLEX Hour each week
  • Continuing Student Community Time and Academic Workshops – attend FLEX Hour (frequency varies based on level)