Student Support Services (TRIO)

Student Support Services

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program designed to provide a variety of free services to help students complete and associate degree and move on to a bachelor degree. To apply for the SSS program, students must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. First Generation- Neither parent received a four-year college degree before the student was 18 years-old, and/or
  2. Students with low income- Student is receiving federal financial aid such as a Pell grant, or the student's household taxable income meets federal financial guidelines, and/or
  3. Disability- The student has a disability which has been documented through SUU's Disability Resource Center

Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and enrolled as a full-time student at SUU. After submitting an intake form, applicants must attend an application session and interview with the Director of Student Support Services, Dr. Rhiannon Pitchford.

Fore more about the benefits of being a Student Support Services participant, click on the Services Offered Tab


The Student Support Services program and its personnel will provide opportunities for participants to practice self-direction, resourcefulness and resiliency through one-on-one advising focused on academic skills development and personal enrichment. Through our involvement we hope that participants will become successful students, college graduates, respected professionals, and ultimately global citizens who will practice lifelong learning, essentially being students of life. 


Student Support Services seeks to support promising students from disadvantaged backgrounds in meeting the challenges of higher education by strengthening and developing their academic and self-management skills. The SSS program's focus is to ensure that participants persist in school, graduate from with an associate degree, and move on to a baccalaureate program. To accomplish these objectives SSS provides services to enhance students' academic success, personal skills, and social skills. Providing services in these areas corresponds to the University's mission to foster lifelong learning. 

To fulfill the program's focus, as we've outlined in our mission statement,  the Student Support Services program focuses on these following goals:

  • Recruit eligible students who meet federal low income, disability, and/or first generation guidelines:
  • Increase retention & graduation of SUU students from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Class Descriptions

Math 0953 - This class helps students learn the mathematical concepts necessary to study algebra and is particularly helpful for students who did not have algebra in high school or have been out of school for a number of years.
Math 0993 - This class helps students prepare for Math 1010 and Math 1030, by teaching the basic algebraic skills of working with signed numbers, solving equations, factoring, and other topics. The class brings the student's algebraic skills up to expectation for entrance into Intermediate Algebra, Math 1010, and is recommended for students whose math ACT score is 17 or below. 

Math Tutorial Support - The math staff provides tutorial support Monday through Friday, from 8AM-5PM, to assist students in Math up to 1050, English up to 2010 and General Education Science.

SSS at SUU employees 10+ tutors in the areas of Math, English, and Science. All with the common interest of helping our students succeed. 

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Questions? Call Rhiannon Pitchford at 111-111-7771 (e-mail: [email protected]) or
Shaylynn Upshaw at 111-865-8293.

Student Support Services, , 111 W University Blvd, Cedar City, UT 11111