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 160 students a year.


  • Career, personality and learning styles assessments
  • Individual assessment and monitoring
  • Academic, career, financial and personal counseling
  • Assistance with improving academic, research and computer literacy skills
  • Professional tutoring for English, writing and math
  • Service learning activities
  • Peer mentoring
  • Cultural enrichment activities and programs related to sustainability
  • Assistance with transfer advising
  • Financial literacy, money management and scholarship assistance
  • Individual support for study abroad
  • Admission assistance to graduate and professional programs
  • Leadership opportunities

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 – SSS must complete and submit the following:

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


Contact Us »


Joan Weill Adirondack Library
Room 207

Hours: M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
(518) 327-6330


Tom Huber

(518) 327-6330

Monica G. Buriello

(518) 327-6062

Paula S. McClure

Academic Skills Coordinator
(518) 327-6129

Lydia Wright

Project Coordinator
(518) 327-6061