Financial Literacy Workshop

Financial literacy is essential for your personal and social well-being. Join our workshop to learn about making smart money choices. Brent Wheeley will be presenting topics such as achieving your goals, avoiding debt, and protecting yourself from fraud.

April 4 @ Noon
Columbia Campus
Napier Room (Jones Student Center)

Photos of What TRIO Students Are Doing

TRIO students are always up to something.

Recently students headed to Murfreesboro for an MTSU tour which answered a lot of questions for students and provided food for thought concerning their future. A part of their trip was going to see the play, Clue, at the Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro.

Other events include a Financial Literacy workshop, a Clue game night, and a banquet for TRIO graduates.

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Trio students at MTSU

What's Coming Up Next in Trio

TRiO Banquet

TRiO celebrates its graduates through an annual banquet in spring. Our students have worked hard to complete their Columbia State journey. Congratulations!

April 11 @ 6:30 p.m.
Lawrence Campus

Student Honors

Columbia State honors students for excellence in academics, leadership and service at the Student Honors Convocation.

April 28 @ 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Campus
Webster Athletic Center

Spring 2023 Commencement

The graduating Spring 2023 class will be recognized for their accomplishments at Commencement on Saturday, May 6 in the Webster Athletic Center.

Go to our Graduation webpage for more information.

Summer Bridge

The TRIO Summer Bridge program is a pre-college orientation designed to assist with a successful transition to college. Two bridge programs are available for admitted students planning to take classes in Fall 2023.

  • Columbia Campus: June 12 - 15
  • Lawrence Campus: June 15, 19 - 21 
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Our Mission
The mission of the TRiO/Student Support Services program is to provide underrepresented student populations with the added support mechanisms needed to meet the challenges of higher education. Through the development of academic and personal skills, the program focuses on increasing student retention and promoting degree completion.
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TRiO eligibility is determined by federal regulations. To qualify, a student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree)
  • Have a limited income (according to federal guidelines)
  • Have a documented disability

Interested in applying for Columbia State’s TRiO Program?

To apply for the TRiO Student Support Services, submit a completed TRiO application. Then schedule an appointment to meet with the director or adviser, who will determine eligibility and work with you to develop an educational success plan.

Services Provided

  • Academic Coaching
  • Career Exploration
  • College and University Visits
  • Cultural and Social Engagement Events
  • Financial Literacy
  • Assistance with FAFSA
  • Registration Assistance
  • Student Success Lunch and Learns
  • Transfer Support
  • Tutoring Services
  • Summer Bridge

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The Federal TRiO Programs (TRiO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs. The goal of Student Support Services (SSS) is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants.


Wynn Gooch
Director, TRIO Student Support Services
Columbia Campus, Library 132
Heather Bonner
Academic Success Coach, TRIO Student Support Services
Lawrence Campus, Rm. 102A
Susan Pobst
Academic Success and Data Coordinator, TRIO Student Support Services
Columbia Campus, Library 132