WSU Tri-Cities

TRiO Student Support Services

TRiO at Tri-Cities

Washington State University Tri-Cities received a $1.1 million grant in Fall 2010 from the U.S. Department of Education to create a Student Support Services Program for low-income and first-generation students.

WSU Tri-Cities will use this five-year grant to increase student success to graduation. About 140 eligible undergraduate students will be served annually.

“WSU Tri-Cities wants to support all students who are motivated to learn and who have a genuine desire to attend college,” said James R. “Dick” Pratt, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “This grant adds to our ability to provide personalized support to students.”

About 40 percent of WSU Tri-Cities students are classified as low-income and as the first in their family to attend college. Many of these students are from groups under-represented in colleges and universities. Pratt added that having a Student Support Services Program is key to the WSU Tri-Cities vision of becoming the state’s only four-year public Hispanic Serving Institution.

The grant is financing three staff members to offer one-on-one counseling, advising, and mentoring through the cultural change of going to college. The staff also will give workshops on topics including study skills, library resources, financial aid, career preparation, and personal financial planning. The grant also will improve access to tutoring; support new students during the admissions process; and cover cultural events.

The U.S. Department of Education's TRIO Programs (TRIO) are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO programs are targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. Learn more about TRiO at


Students, download the PDF form to apply for TRiO Student Support Services assistance.

Right click on the link below and save the file to your computer.


TRiO Student Support Services, 2710 Crimson Way, Washington State University Tri-Cities, Richland, WA 99354-1671
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