Friday, September 8, 2017

TRIO Helped Lexus Williams and They Can Help You Too

First-generation freshmen have it rough when they’re trying to get through their first semester. You don’t have much experience to draw from since neither of your parents completed their time at a four-year university. Now imagine raising a baby and having another on the way. That was the situation that Lexus Williams found herself in during the fall semester of 2015.  Fortunately, she wasn’t alone; not when she had the help of TRIO to call on.
TRIO Student Support Services is a federally funded program that provides free academic and group support to students who need it. “They helped me with my classes and time management,” says Lexus Williams, “They got me into contact with the right people on campus.” Along with tutoring and mentoring, TRIO also helps students get their hands on the right tools to tackle coursework. “It’s [TRIO] provided a laptop for me to use because I didn’t own one,” says Lexus. Of course, TRIO can only help students if they ask for it. “Always let the TRIO members know how you’re doing and don’t be scared to ask for help.”
TRIO is a free federal program. In order to participate, students must meet at least one of the following U.S. Department of Education requirements:
Low-Income:  Family income meets federal guidelines
First Generation:  Neither parent has a four-year college degree or
Disability:  Registered with the Office of Disability Services
Interested students must apply for the program itself. Applications are accepted throughout the year. It is possible that students will be placed on a waiting list for services, due to limited enrollment.  However, as students graduate spots open up each year. Students may apply by coming to the TRIO Office in the Wood Campus Center, Room 210 or by visiting www.volstate.edu/TRIO.

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