Student Support Services is funded by two federal TRiO grants. This funding accounts for 100% of the project's total costs. This is the last year of a five year grant cycle for each grant and the ending date is August 31, 2015. The new grant applications have been submitted so that we may continue to provide these long standing services.  Although we are optimistic, it won't be announced until August 2015 if UW-Stout will receive continued funding. As part of the ASPIRE-Student Support Services "family," it is important to us that we keep you updated on the status of the programming. We continue to plan to provide services for the fall and are optimistic about continued services. We will provide you with information as we receive it. 

The program is designed to:


  • Assist students and enhance campus climate, thereby improving retention and graduation rates
  • Enable students to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in the college setting and become connected to ensure success
  • Provide opportunities for students to enhance their academic and personal development; to participate in leadership and cultural experiences
  • Deliver services with quality and commitment from experienced staff


The mission of ASPIRE-Student Support Services is to assist students and improve the campus climate in order to increase the retention and graduation rate of first-generation college students, students receiving Pell grants or students having disabilities. Students will persist and complete their educational programs and enhance their likelihood of entering into a graduate or professional school through quality services provided by committed staff.

TRiO Programs - U.S. Department of Education

TRiO is Educational Opportunity for Low-Income and Disabled Americans.

Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.

In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These Programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.


  • First-generation college students (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) and/or
  • Pell grant recipients (low income status) and/or
  • Students with a documented disability

Federal low income guidelines - click here.

 U.S. Department of Education - Office of Postsecondary Ed (SSS)