About Us

Welcome to TRIO-Student Support Services, a grant-funded program. Project SUCCESS is the name of Student Support Services at Radford University and is an academic program within the Division of Student Affairs. The office operates under the umbrella of the Federal TRIO programs and is financially supported by the U.S. Department of Education.

The project was designed to assist Radford University students who are considered susceptible to attain a baccalaureate degree. This population of students is defined as students who are first generation, low income, and/or have a documented disability. First generation students are defined as students whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree. Low income students are identified by federal guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Education and are based upon the student’s or their parents’ taxable income. In order to qualify as a student with a disability, the student must be registered with the Disability Resource Office at Radford University.

Our Mission

Our goals are to enhance academic skills, develop leadership potential, assist with financial literacy planning, encourage graduate school education, and support cultural enrichment activities in a comfortable, relaxed environment. By doing so, the program strives to retain and matriculates first generation students into productive positions within the professional work environment or into competitive graduate programs.

Program History

History of the Federal TRIO Programs

The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960's, the term "TRIO" was coined to describe these federal programs.

Over the years, the TRIO Programs have been expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and to reach more students who need assistance. The Higher Education Amendments of 1972 added the fourth program to the TRIO group by authorizing the Educational Opportunity Centers. The 1976 Education Amendments authorized the Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs, initially known as the Training Program for Special Programs Staff and Leadership Personnel. Amendments in 1986 added the sixth program, the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

Additionally, in 1990, the Department created the Upward Bound Math/Science program to address the need for specific instruction in the fields of math and science. The Upward Bound Math/Science program is administered under the same regulations as the regular Upward Bound program, but it must be applied for separately. Finally, the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2001 amended the Student Support Services (SSS) program to permit the use of program funds for direct financial assistance (Grant Aid) for current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.

The legislative requirements for all Federal TRIO Programs (PDF) can be found in the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2. The requirements for the SSS Grant Aid can be found in Public Law 106-554.

History of Student Support Services/Project SUCCESS at Radford University

Currently, Student Support Services is the only federal TRIO program on Radford University’s campus. Each SSS TRIO program is given a nickname. Here at Radford University, the program is adequately named, Project SUCCESS. Since its inception in 1993, the program has provided academic support services to approximately 2,800 students.