The Student Support Services Program (SSS) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide academic support services for eligible students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This program is part of the family of TRIO programs which also includes Upward Bound,Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) and Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program.

Welcome to UW-Milwaukee TRIO Student Support Services

We are pleased you are interested in what TRIO Student Support Services has to offer new students at UW-Milwaukee. There are nearly 1,100 TRIO Student Support Services programs nationwide with 28 in Wisconsin. There are 12 UW System campuses that host 14 SSS projects to provide opportunities for academic development, assist with basic college requirements, and motivate students to successfully complete of their postsecondary educations.

Consistent with its urban research and access mission, our Student Support Services (SSS) project is one of eight different federally-funded early outreach and student services programs hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Our university is one of only three nationwide with this distinction. The UW-Milwaukee TRIO Student Support Services Program is supported by $306,229 annual grants during 2015-2020 to service 250 participant students each year. It employs three full-time academic staff and an average of six part-time student workers annually.


The TRIO SSS program mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Its two main purposes are to:

  • increase the college retention, persistence and graduation rates of program participants; and
  • foster a climate supportive of the success of students whose parents did not complete a four year college degree and/or are disabled and/or whose family income may hinder them from remaining in college without financial assistance to receive the full range of services and opportunities at UW-Milwaukee.


Because personal and academic success are important to us, TRIO SSS staff work with undergraduate students for their first 40 – 60 credits to ensure that they are academically prepared to continue enrollment in the UWM schools or colleges from which they intend to receive their degree. Committed to helping students achieve their academic goals, we provide individualized counseling for personal, career, and academic information: registration assistance, problem-solving strategies and campus resource referrals such as financial aid and career counseling as well as tutoring. We also offer instruction to improve financial and economic literacy, free access to our computer lab, supplemental grant aid, free laptop loans, and summer bridge program for entering freshmen.

We want to work very closely with you to ensure you have the most positive experiences as you prepare for attendance at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. We work along with our campus partners to provide academic services and foster a supportive campus environment in order to retain and graduate low-income, first generation and/or disabled college students. Our TRIO SSS staff is here to ensure participants are not only provided but encouraged to use all the opportunities available to students at UW-Milwaukee. Make it a habit to meet with your academic advisor regularly so he or she can inform, encourage, clarify, and strategize with you to plan for and achieve successes at UW-Milwaukee.

Student Support Services Program
Mitchell Hall, 135
3203 North Downer Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
Phone: 414-229-5598
Fax: 414-229-6553
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Mon – Fri)