Who We Serve

We serve undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • neither parent graduated from a four-year college;
  • qualify as low-income under federal income guidelines;
  • have a documented disability on file with CU's Office of Disability Services.

In addition to the above criteria, we also serve students who:

  • have foster youth, unaccompanied, and/or independent status;
  • are homeless;
  • Military veterans.

How to Apply to the Program

Sorry, we are currently full and no longer accepting new applications at this time. We will be reopening applications in April for the 2023-2024 school year.

Students must apply and meet eligibility requirements to participate.  All applications will also be reviewed for eligibility for the Guardian Scholars Program. Applications are reviewed year-round on a space available basis.

A complete application to the TRiO SSS Program includes:

Application Form

  • Complete the application via Docusign. 


Income Verification

  • Parent’s  most recent Federal Income Tax Return. For example, if you are applying for participation beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year, please submit the 2020 Federal Income Tax Return. If you are an independent student, send a copy of your 2020 Federal Income Tax return. 


  • 2021-2022 FAFSA. Please sign and date the FAFSA before sending. 

If either of these documents are an issue, please contact us directly via email at triosss@colorado.edu.

Summer Programming

We accept a limited number of students each year to our Summer Ready cohort to provide a more personalized experience.  Those who are not accepted into Summer Ready will be considered for our Fall Gateway program, a 2 -day academic intensive program the week prior to the start of fall semester.