TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO is a federally funded program that supports students at Albion College by building community, developing strategies for academic success, and offering resources for continued learning beyond college. Our mission is to increase retention and graduation rates at Albion for our TRIO Brits.

Student Support Services is a four-year program designed to support participants from their first year through graduation. A part of TRIO SSS is the TRIO Summer Bridge, which is designed for incoming freshmen. Students can apply to TRIO at any time until the end of the first semester of their junior year and do not have to attend the TRIO Summer Bridge Program to be eligible to participate in TRIO.


What is TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)? Toggle Accordion

TRIO Student Support Services begins each year with the Summer Bridge program for incoming freshmen. Summer Bridge programming includes financial aid and literacy counseling, college success strategies, campus cultural events, and meeting faculty and staff. We then transition to the academic year programming that includes success coaching, peer-mentoring, financial aid and  literacy counseling, TRIO 101 & 201, college visits, and cultural trips. Most importantly, our students do these activities together, creating community and peer-to-peer relationships, which can last beyond graduation. 

Who is Eligible for Albion College TRIO? Toggle Accordion

As a federally funded program, we are only able to consider U.S. citizens, permanent residents pursuing their first bachelor’s degree.

They must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • First-generation – primary parent, caregiver, or guardian has not earned a bachelor’s degree by the time you turned 18.
  • Your family’s taxable income (after deductions) meets federal income eligibility guidelines based on household size.
  • You have a documented permanent physical or learning disability that impacts your educational experience with the college’s Accessibility Services.
  • TRIO Student Support Services reserves the right to consider life circumstances and other criteria that may impact student eligibility. A sub-committee of TRIO-SSS and Albion College staff determine acceptance and document final decisions.

Interested in becoming a TRIO Brit? Albion College students are welcome to complete our application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note that submission of an application is not direct acceptance into the TRIO program.

What are the benefits of joining our TRIO program? Toggle Accordion

A wide range of academic, cultural, and career learning opportunities, including:

  • Summer Bridge for Incoming Freshman only
  • Holistic advising
  • Academic support
  • Community/Peer Mentor support
  • Financial literacy
  • Cultural visits
  • Graduate school assistance and visits
  • Post-college exploration
  • Member of a national network of TRIO students and TRIO alumni

Apply to TRIO

Whether you are interested in joining TRIO through the TRIO Summer Bridge Program or not, please fill out the application using the link below. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Submission of an application is not a direct acceptance into the TRIO program.

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TRIO-Student Support Services Application

TRIO SSS Application

TRIO Summer Bridge

As newly accepted students, you have the unique opportunity to kickstart your TRIO Student Support Services journey with the Summer Bridge (SB) Program. This program is designed to equip you with college success strategies, immerse you in enriching cultural experiences, and introduce you to your new faculty and staff. But what truly sets this experience apart is the chance to do all these activities together, fostering a sense of community and peer-to-peer relationships that will endure long after graduation. 

The TRIO SSS Summer Bridge Program will run from Tuesday, July 23, 2024 – Tuesday, August 20, 2024, at which point students will begin their Albion College orientation program, Albion-O, on Wednesday, August 21, 2024, and complete their TRIO Summer Bridge Program.

As part of the TRIO Summer Bridge Program, you will engage in a comprehensive curriculum that covers Bridge to College Writing, Bridge to College Success, and Bridge to College Wellness, earning a full unit towards your degree. You will also embark on a day trip to Sherman Lake, fostering team building and experiential learning. The program will culminate with an extended cultural experience (in the fall) to Philadelphia, where you will not only explore off-campus opportunities at Albion College’s Philadelphia Center but also immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the city. 

To participate in the TRIO Summer Bridge Program, please complete the TRIO SSS application. Once the application is complete, we will send you more detailed information.

We understand that you may have questions or concerns, and we want to assure you that we are here to support you every step of the way. Please feel free to reach out to either Jennifer Yawson or Jackie Gutierrez, who will be more than happy to assist you with any TRIO Summer Bridge Program questions.

  • Jackie Gutierrez

    TRIO Student Support Services Program Director

    Office: 109
    Phone: 517-629-0950

  • Jennifer Yawson

    TRIO SSS Program Coordinator and Success Coach

    Office: 106
    Phone: 517-629-0950