What is TRIO Achievers?

TRIO Achievers program, also known as Student Support Services (SSS), is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and has been a part of Cal Poly services to students since 1984. We provide assistance to at least 258 active students every year. Students who participate in the program come from every academic department and major on campus. To participate in the program, students must meet eligibility guidelines that are based on household income, parent's education, or student disability.

Services provided to students include academic advising, tutoring, career information, help with financial aid concerns, workshops, and help understanding academic policies and procedures. At Cal Poly we work closely with the Financial Aid Office, Registrar, Student Academic Services, Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP), Academic Skills Center, Career Services, Disability Resource Center, Mustang Success Center and many others.

There are 111 TRIO programs at higher education institutions in California, and 1,082 programs in the U.S. We are part of a national effort by the U.S. Department of Education to make the opportunity for success in college available to low-income and first generation students, and/or students with disabilities.


Our vision is to offer programs and resources to help you be wildly successful at Cal Poly.


The mission of TRIO Achievers is to inspire, inform, empower and contribute to student success by supporting students’ academic, personal and professional growth.


  1. Provide TRIO participant’s supportive and inclusive environment that encourages students to stay in college.
  2. Provide academic resources and strategies for maintaining and improving GPA of 2.5 or better.
  3. Ensure TRIO participants graduate from Cal Poly in a reasonable time frame.

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