TRiO Student Support Services


TRiO is a federally funded, academic success program available at the UWM at Washington County and UWM at Waukesha campuses. By partnering with eligible students, advisors provide a wide range of academic resources that help highly motivated students meet their educational goals. Nationwide, TRiO students are more than twice as likely to complete their degrees as eligible students who do not participate in TRiO.

Benefits of TRiO

  • Personalized advising and educational planning
  • Study skills workshops, individual and group tutoring sessions
  • Tuition-free Panther Math Prep courses (MAT 075) and academic support courses
  • Academic, financial, career and personal counseling
  • Assistance in obtaining financial aid (FAFSA)
  • A supportive learning environment with access to technology and reference materials
  • Assistance in securing admission and financial assistance for enrollment in baccalaureate programs
  • Exposure to cultural/educational events


To qualify for this program, you must be a U.S. citizen and a current or prospective student at UWM at Washington County or UWM at Waukesha pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree and meet one of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college student (neither parent graduated from a four-year college/university)
  • Income eligible per federal guidelines (most PELL grant recipients)
  • Documented learning or physical disability

If you aren’t sure you qualify, call email to make an appointment with an advisor who can help determine your eligibility.

TRiO Application

To apply or determine your eligibility, please complete the online application. You can also print the application and return to the Solution Center or mail to your campus address listed in the contact box.

Note: Because of the limited number of spaces available, submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be notified of your status.

TRiO Staff