Our Mission

The mission of Student Support Services-TRIO is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of program partici­pants at the University of New Mexico Main Campus. The SSS program draws upon a holistic framework where committed participants receive individualized support by ad­dressing their educational and personal needs. 


Support services are of­fered through academic advising, tutoring, mentoring, career advisement, personal guidance, financial guidance, graduate school guidance, workshops, and social/cultural events. The program provides opportunities to apply for SSS Supplemental Grant Awards and exclusive TRIO scholarships. The awards/scholarships are contingent based upon available funds.

Program Background

The UNM SSS program is 100% federally funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education TRIO Programs. SSS is one of three TRIO programs originally funded under the Higher Education Act of 1965, the U.S. Department of Education Office of TRIO Programs.

SSS at The University of New Mexico - Main Campus is designed to increase the academic performance, retention, and graduation rates of program participants.

Who We Serve

UNM SSS targets 160 undergraduate students who are first-generation to college, low-income, and/or have a documented disability.

The term first-generation is codefied into law in the reauthorization of the federal 1980 Higher Education Act. It defines a first-generation students as an individual whose parent or guardian has not earned their bachelor's degree. The definition of low-income is also determined by federal TRIO criteria. 


Ready to Apply?

Our priority application period starts on May 1. For best consideration for the fall cohort, please apply by July. Applications will be accepted until available spots are filled!

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