Student Support Services

Support Is Our Middle Name

Student Support Services (SSS) is a Federal TRIO Program designed to motivate and retain college students throughout their journey towards successfully completing a bachelor’s degree, while also fostering academic success and promoting personal growth. We’re here for you!

Are you a first generation college student looking for motivation and a supportive network? Are you limited in financial resources or have a documented disability and in need of helpful resources and services?


Florida Gulf Coast University Is Host To Two TRIO SSS Grants


Good Academic Standing


Avg. Returned in Fall 2021


Graduation Rates*


Identified as First-Gen**

These numbers derive from the 2020-2021 Annual Performance Report for both the SSS Classic and SSS STEM Programs.

*Based on earned Bachelor's degree in a 6 year time frame.

**First-Gen refers to the first in your family to potentially obtain a Bachelor's degree if parents/guardians have not.

SSS Classic Program

The SSS Classic Program serves eligible participants majoring in any field of study.

SSS STEM Program

The SSS STEM Program serves eligible participants majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics degree programs.

Students Support Services programs at FGCU are funded annually through the U.S. Department of Education. Funding for 2020-2025 for SSS Classic is $1,473,625 and for SSS STEM is $1,268,845.

Explore How TRIO SSS Works

  • Services

  • Eligibility

  • Apply

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Words From Our Scholars

See What TRIO SSS Has To Offer


SOAR Summer Bridge

The SOAR Summer Bridge program helps incoming first year and transfer students transition smoothly to FGCU and campus life.

the wings program


The WINGS program is meant to personally assist graduating seniors and juniors in their transition from FGCU into graduate school and/or your career field.


History of TRIO and SSS

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals who have high academic potential but are at risk of not completing secondary or postsecondary education. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs.  TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects.

Federal TRIO Programs

  • Educational Opportunity Centers
  • Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement
  • Student Support Services
  • Talent Search
  • Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs Staff
  • Upward Bound
  • Upward Bound Math-Science
  • Veterans Upward Bound

For more information on TRIO programs visit:


  • What is TRIO?

  • What are the benefits of becoming an SSS Scholar?

  • What are the expectations of an SSS Scholar?

  • Do I have to reapply to the program each year?

  • If one of my parents received a bachelors degree outside of the U.S, am I considered first generation?

  • Is TRIO SSS a scholarship program?

  • Is your office providing First-gen graduation stoles?

  • How much does it cost to be in the TRIO Student Support Services program?

  • Where is the office located and when are you open?

  • If I was a part of another TRIO program at another institution do I still need to apply to TRIO Student Support Services here at FGCU?

TRIO Student Support Services Staff


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Garcia-Rea, Valerie
Project Director, SSS Classic
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Neris, Lisa
Project Director, Talent Search
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Pipitone, Alexandra
Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Multicultural Leadership Development
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Holmes, Ana Vicky
Coordinator II, SSS STEM Program
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We’re Here To Answer Your Questions.

TRIO and Outreach Programs

McTarnaghan Hall, Room 202
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965

(239) 590-7834

(239) 590-7947 (Fax)

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