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TRIO: Student Support Services

Graceland University’s Student Support Services (SSS) is a TRIO grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program is designed to provide individualized assistance to eligible students encouraging their persistence and success in college.

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Their goal is to increase the retention and graduation rates of those traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education. The program provides intentional interventions proven to boost academic, social and personal readiness for the attainment of a bachelor’s degree.

Nationally, students in the SSS TRIO program are more than twice as likely to remain in college as students from similar background who do not participate in the program.

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To be eligible for assistance from Student Support Services, you must be a U.S. citizen and meet at least one of the following guidelines:

  • Neither parent has a bachelor’s degree.
  • Income level that enables you to receive federal financial aid.
  • Documented disability.
  • Eligibility does not guarantee selection into the program.

Services Available

  • Academic Advising
  • Academic Support
  • Cultural Enrichment
  • One-on-one Tutoring
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Student Advocacy
  • Help in understanding the university environment.

SSS Staff

Donna Hurt
Office: 211 Zimmermann
Phone: 641.784.5211
Email: dhurt@graceland.edu

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