TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a project that is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Education under the Higher Education Act of 1965. TRIO SSS has been providing services to Claflin University students since 1970.


TRIO SSS is designed to assist first generation, income qualified, and/or students with disabilities with the successful completion of their post-secondary education. The goal of the program is to increase the retention and graduation rates of its participants.

TRIO SSS students have high retention rates, meaning that they are more likely to complete their academic programs. The extra support students receive through SSS helps them become more successful in achieving their academic goal.

How To Apply

Information and applications may be picked up at the TRIO SSS Office located in Corson Hall - Suite 121. Applications may also be downloaded from this website. After an application is received and eligibility is determined, notification of acceptance status will be sent through written communication.


Any student who has been accepted for enrollment or who is currently enrolled at the institution is invited to apply.

Federal regulations require that to participate in TRIO Student Support Services, a student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, demonstrate a need for academic assistance, and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college student (means that neither custodial parent/guardian has graduated from a four-year institution at the time of student’s enrollment) and/or
  • Income qualified student (family meets income guidelines as mandated by the U.S. Department of Education) and/or
  • College student with a documented disability

How to Apply

  • Student Application
  • Print and complete the application
  • Mail the application to:

    TRIO Student Support Services
    Claflin University
    Corson Hall - Suite 121
    400 Magnolia Street
    Orangeburg, SC 29115
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