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 success 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

Eligibility

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 cgs-trio@uwm.edu 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.

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

Rachel Barger

Writing Specialist / Academic Coach
Washington County Campus

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Heidi Graham

Sr. Academic Advisor
Waukesha Campus

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Jenni Hanni-Schmitz

Academic Advisor
Washington County Campus

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Kerry Hansen

Academic Coach / Writing Specialist
Waukesha Campus

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Philip Parrish

Specialist / Academic Coach
Waukesha Campus

Schelzia Ross

Program Director
College of General Studies

Trudi Wesemann

Sr. Math Specialist
Waukesha Campus

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Sherrian Reynolds

Program Assistant
College of General Studies