TRiO Student Support Services


TRiO Day 2015TRiO – Student Support Services is a federally funded program created in 1968 to help students stay in college and graduate. Students can turn to TRiO-SSS for services including tutoring, counseling and peer mentoring as they reach their educational and career goals.

Since its inception at Paul Smith’s, TRiO – Student Support Services has contributed to a significant increase in student persistence and graduation rates at the college.

The TRiO-SSS at Paul Smith’s College is completely funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Our most recent five-year grant, for $1.2 million, serves 165 students a year.


  • Academic, financial, personal, and career counseling
  • Financial Literacy, money management, scholarships, and student loan repayment assistance
  • Individualized Educational Success Plan and monitoring of academic progress
  • Study skills, time management, computer literacy, and other strategies for academic success
  • Personality and character strengths assessments
  • Professional assistance with writing, research, and math
  • Peer mentoring program
  • Cultural enrichment trips and events
  • Leadership and service learning opportunities
  • Transfer advising, including graduate school preparation
  • Study abroad opportunities, information, support, and scholarships

All TRiO services are provided at no cost to participants.

Application & Eligibility

Who is eligible?
A student who meets all of the following criteria:

  • Is a citizen or national of the United States or meets the residency requirements for federal student financial assistance
  • Is enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Paul Smith’s College
  • Is a first-generation* college student, or an individual with a disability**, or qualifies for financial reasons***

How do I apply?
In addition to the admission requirements for Paul Smith’s College, applicants for TRiO – Student Support Services must complete and submit:

*Student’s parents have associate’s (2-year) degrees or less. 

**If a disability exists, the student must provide documentation which meets Paul Smith’s College guidelines for documenting a disability.

***If a student receives a Pell Grant, it is highly likely student is eligible.

TRiO Grant Aid
  • We award grant aid towards the end of each semester as funds are available. If you are selected to receive grant aid, we will be in touch. ​
  • Grant aid will be applied to the following semester (i.e., if grant aid is awarded in Fall 2022, it will be applied Spring 2023).
  • ​The Grant Aid Application link will be available here in Fall 2022. 
TRiO Events & Cultural Enrichment Trips

2022 Spring events:

2/9 TRiO Day – celebrating 17 years of TRiO at PSC. Library 2nd floor. Stop by the lobby table for treats and info.

2/18 Grad School Trip to SUNY Plattsburgh – more information and sign-up form  

2/26 Tubing at Titus Mountain – more information and sign-up form 

*new date! 4/2 Thrift Store Shopping Tripmore information and sign-up form

4/9 (rain date 4/10 Ausable Chasm & Underground Railroad Museum Tripmore information and sign-up form

4/22 Grad School Trip to St Lawrence University TRiO McNair Programmore information and sign-up form

TRiO 2022 TRIPs flyer


Amanda Laah Vincent


Lydia A. Wright

Administrative Support Coordinator

Monica G. Buriello

Success Coach

Paula S. McClure

Success Coach


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Joan Weill Adirondack Library
Room 209

Hours: M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
(518) 327-6061