Eligibility Guidelines

To qualify for TRIO Student Support Services, an applicant must

1) Be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien,


2) Meet one or more of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a first generation college student (neither parent completed a four-year degree) or
  • Fall within the low income guidelines (150% of poverty level) or
  • Have a documented disability

Applicants must also demonstrate academic need to qualify for services.

Application Procedures

First-time college students and transfer students are welcome to apply for TRIO SSS.

You can apply online using our Online TRIO-SSS Application

Or you can download and complete the following TRIO SSS Student Application (pdf)

Submit your completed form to the TRIO SSS office using one of the following methods:

  • In Person: Decker Hall 240
  • Email:
  • Fax: 218-755-4116
  • Mail:
    TRIO Student Support Services
    Bemidji State University, Box 22
    1500 Birchmont Drive NE
    Bemidji, MN 56601-2699

Once your application is received, staff will review your information to determine whether you are eligible for services. We will notify you via your BSU email account.