How to Join TRIO

Are You Eligible for TRIO?

TRIO is funded by a federal grant to serve up to 325 students per year who meet certain eligibility requirements.

You must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status. You'll also need to have academic need and  meet at least one of these criteria:

  • Are a first-generation college student, meaning neither parent has earned a four-year college degree
  • Are low-income according to federal low-income guidelines
  • Have a documented learning, physical or psychological disability registered with WSU Access Services

If you meet any of these qualifications and think TRIO can help, we’d love to meet you! You are welcome to submit an application or contact us at 507.457.5465 to learn more.

How do I apply to be a TRIO participant?

To join TRIO, you will have to complete an Intake Application Form (PDF) and an Individual Success Plan Form (PDF) and email forms to

You should expect an email follow up within 3 to 5 business days after submission of your application. If you are eligible, you will be asked to set up a meeting with a TRIO advisor to complete the program intake process.

If I join, how much involvement in the program is required?

You and your advisor will work out a meeting plan based on your individual needs.

However, make sure you will fully use the program if you are taking a spot because TRIO can only serve a set number of students.

In general, TRIO students must at least attend one event sponsored by TRIO and have one check in with an advisor each semester.

You are strongly encouraged to participate in TRIO workshops, leadership activities and WSU cross-cultural events. These experiences are a great way to meet people and learn new skills. Plus, they can be valuable additions to your resume!

What if I'm not eligible for TRIO?

If you are not eligible or were not accepted into the TRIO program, there are many other campus resources you can use.

The Warrior Success Center is a great place to start. This team offers advising, career services, access services and tutoring to all WSU students.

Please contact the Warrior Success Center at or stop by Maxwell 314 to find out how they can help.