Bemidji State University TRIO Student Support Services offers eligible students services designed to help participants be successful at BSU, graduate, and even go on to post-graduate school.

All TRIO SSS services are provided at no cost to program participants and are available to participants throughout their enrollment at Bemidji State University.


TRIO SSS offers four for-credit courses designed to help participants be successful in college and prepare for professional careers. They include: TRIO SSS College Orientation (UNIV 1180), Critical Reading and Analysis (UNIV 1199), Life Career Planning (UNIV 1200), and Course Work to Career (UNIV 3930). The credits earned in TRIO SSS courses count as general electives toward graduation.

Visit our Courses page for more information about each TRIO course.

Academic Advising

SSS faculty members serve as academic advisors for SSS participants and provide highly individualized guidance to assist students with

  • Course selection and creating a four-year road map to complete liberal education requirements and major requirements
  • Academic problem-solving to help students persist to graduation
  • Reviewing transcripts and meeting the requirements for graduation
  • Counseling about graduate school requirements and application procedures for participants interested in post-graduate education


TRIO provides free tutoring to help SSS participants increase confidence and academic skills, boost GPA, and become more engaged in classes. Tutors provide confidential, one-on-one or small group tutoring sessions that fit into the student’s schedule, go at the student’s pace, and focus on the student’s specific needs.

Visit our Tutoring page for information about requesting a tutor or about becoming a tutor yourself.

Personal Support

SSS faculty and staff have an open-door policy and meet with students to provide

  • Individual advising about personal concerns with appropriate referrals to on- and off-campus resources
  • Career direction advising with appropriate referrals to BSU departments and BSU Career Services

Peer Mentoring

Experienced TRIO-SSS participants meet regularly with incoming TRIO-SSS students their first semester at BSU and serve as a friendly resource and knowledgeable guide. Our peer mentors assist new students with learning about campus and its resources, developing vital personal and academic skills, and creating a greater sense of community.

Social Support

SSS participants engage in community building with other first- generation, low-income students and students with disabilities through

  • Enrollment in TRIO SSS courses
  • Peer mentoring by upper class SSS participants provides a student perspective on how to navigate the campus and guides students toward academic and personal success
  • Social and cultural events designed to build community and foster an appreciation and awareness of diversity

Financial Aid and Scholarship Advising

  • Financial aid advising and award letter review
  • Assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Assistance identifying and applying for scholarships and alternative financial aid sources Scholarship information for study abroad programs
  • Financial Literacy Workshops to educate students about basic personal income, budgeting, household money management, and financial planning skills