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TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) empowers students to succeed at Inver Hills and transfer to earn a four-year degree by providing academic advising, guidance in the transfer process, and a positive community of support. SSS is one of the federally-funded TRIO programs that provide a pathway to higher education opportunities and success. If you are planning to graduate from Inver Hills and transfer to earn a bachelor's degree, TRIO SSS could be a great fit for you!

Contact Information

TRIO Student Support Services
College Center Room 255


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Mon. - Wed.: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thur. - Fri.: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

TRIO Student Support Services

Summer Bridge

Returning for summer 2021, TRIO is excited to offer Summer Bridge, a hybrid experience for recent high school grads wanting a smooth and supported start in college. Summer Bridge will include an in-person Outdoor Activity Trip to Osprey Wilds, online workshops and conversations preparing students for college success, and in-person activities on campus so students can meet staff, faculty, and other students and get familiar with campus prior to the start of the fall semester.

The Summer Bridge Outdoor Activity Trip to Osprey Wilds in Sandstone, MN will be three days and two nights from July 26th through July 28th, 2021. In addition, students will meet online or in-person daily from July 29th through August 5th (see application for full schedule details).

Summer Bridge is completely free to students and provides a free one-credit college course (PHED 2201), meals and lodging during the trip, lunch on campus, and the chance to earn a $250 scholarship for spring 2022. To be eligible, students must be recent high school graduates (between May 2019 and July 25th, 2021), enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Inver Hills, eligible for TRIO and applied or accepted, applied for financial aid, and registered for at least 9 credits for fall 2021.

To apply, visit:

What does TRIO SSS provide?

  • Personalized academic advising, career planning and major exploration
  • College transfer planning
  • Campus visits to four-year institutions
  • Workshops on various topics, including study skills, financial literacy and time management
  • Social and cultural events

How to Join

To join TRIO SSS, you must complete the application (below) and submit it to TRIO in the College Center room 255 or via email at After you apply, you will receive an email from TRIO staff regarding the next steps to join the program. TRIO is now accepting applications for spring 2020.

Important note: You must have applied to Inver Hills and activated your StarID before you may apply to TRIO. At the link below, use <YourStarID> and your StarID password to sign in. Please see the Technology Services page for more information on free Office365 access for Inver Hills students.

  2020-2021 TRIO Application

Why should you join?

  • Connections to campus resources and opportunities
  • Inclusive, supportive community
  • Proactive advising
  • Network of motivated students
  • Personalized transfer planning

Who is eligible to participate?

TRIO SSS selects 140 students a year to participate in the program. In order to be considered, please complete and submit a TRIO application online. The staff will review the applications and invite potential students to an intake meeting.

Students must be either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, enrolled in a degree program and taking a minimum of 6 credits. Students must also meet at least one of the following federal eligibility criteria:

  • First-generation college student (parent or guardian did not hold a bachelor’s degree while the student was in high school)
  • Meet federal income guidelines
  • Be eligible to receive accommodations through Disability Services at Inver Hills.


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