About Us

SSS is one of seven federal TRIO programs created to help Americans overcome class and social barriers to higher education. The term TRIO was coined in the late 1960s in reference to the first three educational opportunity programs to emerge out of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Over the years, TRIO has expanded to include Student Success Services, Talent Search, Upward Bound, Veterans Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Educational Opportunity Centers, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. While the other TRIO programs help students prepare for college or pursue graduate degrees, SSS helps undergraduate college students persist in their studies and graduate.

Peru State’s SSS project serves approximately 230 students at any given time and is funded at a rate of $278,028 per year. Participants are selected based on federal eligibility criteria.


How to Join SSS

Complete a membership application here and be sure to complete the income verification form under Individual Criteria (b)

SSS is funded to support 230 students and the federal regulations specify eligibility criteria. The good news is nearly two thirds of new freshmen Peru State students meet the individual criteria. All participants must be a US Citizen or non-citizen eligible for federal financial aid. The other eligibility criteria are:

Individual Criteria

a. Student is a first-generation college student (custodial parent/s hasn’t completed a bachelor’s degree before your 18th birthday)

b. Household meets federal income guidelines (complete Income Verification form here).

c. Student has a physical or learning disability

Project criteria

a. Two/thirds of selected participants must meet at least two of the individual criteria


What We Do

Student Success Services provides value-added services exclusively for our members.  Through these services we’ll help you

  • Apply strategies, tools and behaviors for academic and personal success
  • Build a social network and get involved on campus
  • Conquer challenging courses
  • Develop an action plan to achieve your career and educational goals
  • Effectively use financial resources to minimize college costs
  • Facilitate your own success
  • Graduate on time

Our services include a Summer Bridge jump start to your college career, academic tutoring, peer mentoring, help with financial aid and graduate school, skill building workshops, leadership development opportunities, and exposure to cultural events and academic programs.  Our staff also provides assistance with course selection, individualized counseling for personal, career, and academic matters, and advocate on your behalf.



If it wasn’t for my SSS mentors, college would have been difficult, so I decided to pay it forward by becoming a mentor. Nothing is more rewarding than knowing that you are the reason someone stays in college.
Rae Carbaugh
Rae Carbaugh
I encourage anyone who is a part of SSS to become actively involved in one way or another because I truly believe with the resources and experiences it offers great opportunities for students to grow both personally and academically.
Wade Noll
Wade Noll
SSS has provided me with the resources and experiences that have helped succeed and has brought me one step closer to reaching my goal. It’s filled with great people and advisors who want you to succeed and will help push you to reach your goal.
Jayme Smith
Jayme Smith
SSS has helped me succeed by always supporting me and allowing me to know that they are always there for me. They really care about the students and their success through tutoring, mentoring, and the staff being able to help with solving tough problems.
Lilian Rewerts
Lilian Rewerts
SSS has help me strive to excellence with the help of tutors. I would have never been able to get this far in college without everyone there. I will continue to use the benefits and help from SSS as I continue to strive to graduation day.
Rachel Loecker
Rachel Loecker