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TRIO Student Support Services
Sattgast Hall 207

Phone: (218) 755-2614
Fax: (218) 755-4116

Mailing Address:
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #22
Bemidji, MN 56601-2907

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for TRIO services?

Each TRIO SSS participant must be a US citizen or permanent resident alien who shows the need for support services, and who meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Is a potential first generation college student (neither parent completed a four-year degree)
  • Falls within low-income guidelines  (150% of poverty level)
  • Has a documented disability

What types of services does TRIO offer?

  • Three for-credit courses designed to help participants do well in college and prepare for the work world
  • Personalized counseling and advising
  • Free tutoring
  • Mentoring by BSU peers or faculty and community professionals
  • Grant aid to select students

Do the courses count for graduation credit?

YES! Courses count as credit for your general electives.

Who do I contact for more information?

Call our general line at 218-755-2614, e-mail us at, or stop by our offices in Sattgast 207.

Do you accept transfer students?


Is there any financial assistance through the TRIO SSS Program?

Yes. Financial assistance comes in two forms:

  1. All TRIO SSS courses are free to our students. This calculates to a potential savings of approximately $1,100 depending on the number of TRIO SSS courses you participate in.
  2. Grant aid is disbursed annually in the spring term to eligible students.

Who is eligible for grant aid?

Students must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for grant aid:

  1. Students must be receiving Federal Pell Grants.
  2. Must have a GPA of 2.25 or higher. 
  3. First priority will be given to returning second year SSS students below the rank of Junior.
  4. Second priority will be given to first-time sophomores entering the SSS program.
  5. Third priority will be given to first-time freshmen entering the SSS program.
  6. If there are more students eligible for grant aid than the allowed amount, grant aid will be disbursed to students with the lowest Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) levels first.

How much grant aid can I receive?

A minimum of $400 per eligible student is disbursed annually.