Special Support Services Programs, also known as TRIO Programs, were initiated in the 1960s to expand educational opportunities. Created by acts of the United States Congress, these programs serve students who might otherwise be denied access to post-secondary education. There are six types of TRIO Programs in operation across the United States: Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services, Education Opportunity Centers, Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, and Upward Bound Math/Science.

Student Support Services (SSS) Programs were authorized in 1968 by the Higher Education Act Amendments. SSS is committed to making higher education available to college students with academic need who are low income, first generation (neither parent has a bachelor's degree), or disabled. SSS offers a broad range of opportunities and services to promote the academic success of eligible college students. Studies have found that students who receive comprehensive services from SSS Programs are more than twice as likely to stay in school than students who are not served.

Eligibility Requirements

Enrollment and Residential Eligibility
  1. Enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  2. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States
Demographic Eligibility
  1. Academic Need
    • ACT score of 24 or below
    • GPA of 2.9 or below
  2. Low Income, based on the current Federal TRIO Programs Annual Low Income Levels, OR
  3. First Generation, neither parent has a bachelors degree, OR
  4. Documented disability

Special consideration is given to students who are both low income and first generation OR both low income and disabled.


To apply to the SSS program, you must fill out and submit an application.