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SSS Eligibility and Application

In order to be eligible, you must be currently enrolled or have been accepted for full-time study at NDSU, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and have at least one of the following apply to you:

·         You are a first generation college student (neither parent has received a four-year degree);

·         You are income eligible (family income is at or below federally determined guidelines). See chart below.

·         You have a documented disability.

Only complete applications will be considered for services. You are required to submit the following documentation in order for your application to be considered complete:

·         An SSS Project Application

·         Your most recent transcript (unofficial or official)

·         Federal Income Tax Return—first two pages only. If you identify as an independent student (i.e. 24 years of age or older or serve in the military) bring your most current return; however, if you identify as a dependent (i.e. you are claimed by your parent, bring their most current return.)

·         If you identify as a student with a disability, please include referral letter from Disability Services

NOTE: Students who have attained a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for the program. The only exemption is if the student has received a degree outside of the country and NDSU does not recognize it as a degree and no credits are accepted for transfer.

Send completed application to:
North Dakota State University
Student Support Services
P.O. Box 6050 Dept #5380
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Application Review Process & Intake Appointment

Application Review Process

After a complete application has been submitted to the TRIO office, an SSS Advisor will be assigned to the student. An advisor is assigned by the SSS Project Director based on the students self-identified needs, major, or tutoring request. The SSS Project Director assigns the students to an SSS advisor who will best meet their needs.  

Once an SSS Advisor has been assigned, the same advisor will review the application to determine eligibility based on U.S. Department of Education criteria. Once eligibility has been determined, application will be forwarded to the front desk to print, and copy the acceptance letters.

A copy of the letter will be kept in a newly created student file. The acceptance letter instructs the student to call the Trio Office at 701-231-8028 to schedule an in-take appointment with their assigned SSS advisor.

NOTE: A student is not considered active until they complete an intake appointment.

In-take Appointment

Once a student has been accepted into the program, each student is required to schedule a 30-45 minute in-take appointment with their assigned SSS Advisor. An in-take appointment is our way to formally welcome students to the program while assessing and determining which of our SSS services can best meet a student’s academic and/or support needs.

At this meeting, your SSS advisor will discuss with you:

  • The purpose of TRiO and SSS
  • Expectations and clarification of roles
  • What does it mean to be an SSS active participant?
  • Review and sign an SSS Participant Agreement
  • Complete and sign an Educational Success Plan
  • Set goals and determine which services to use
  • Discuss SSS Mid-Term Report
  • Schedule follow-up meetings

In addition, your SSS advisor may introduce you to other SSS staff and provide you with a tour of our facilities. After your meeting, your SSS advisor will enter your information in our Blumen database, add your name to the listserv, add you to the tutoring scheduling system ("TutorTrac"), and activate your Bison card access to our tutoring and learning space ("404").

Throughout your time at NDSU, your SSS advisor will follow up on your academic progress.


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North Dakota State University TRIO
Information Phone (701) 231-8028
Physical Address: 335 Ceres Hall, Administrative Ave., Fargo, ND 58108
Mailing Address: NDSU Dept #5380 PO Box 6050 Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Site Manager: TRIO Webmaster

Last Updated: Friday, January 10, 2014 2:05:29 PM