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TRIO Supportive Educational Services

Supportive Educational Services is a federally funded TRiO Program known nationally as Student Support Services. Our goal is to assist eligible students to obtain their undergraduate degrees. All of our services are free and aimed at helping our participants be successful at The University of Kansas. You MUST apply and be accepted to the program.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident
  • Be accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled at KU
  • Demonstrate academic need
  • Demonstrate high motivation to successfully complete your coursework

You must also meet any one of the following criteria:

  • A first-generation college student (neither of your parents has received a four-year college bachelor's degree)
  • Low-income according to federal guidelines
  • Have a documented disability through Disability Resources

Services offered:

  • Tutoring: Individual peer tutoring and Math Drop-In Lab
  • Professional Mentoring: one-on-one meetings with SES coordinators, goal setting, advocacy
  • Academic Advising and Course Selection: Our coordinators are adjunct advisors for the UAC
  • Career Counseling: Explore majors and careers, referrals to the University Career Center
  • Financial Aid Counseling and Literacy: Assistance with FASFA, verification, appeals, scholarship applications, budgeting, referrals
  • Graduate School Preparation: Assistance with standardized entrance exams, applications, and funding options
  • Cultural events: Potlucks, Lied Center ticket drawings, and group outings
  • Workshops: Study skills, financial aid, KU system
  • Resource Library: Text and reference books for 2-week check out
  • Computer Lab and printing services: Open 8am -5pm during the fall and spring semesters and 8am-4pm during the summer semester
  • Laptop check-out program
  • TRiO Grant: Small grant for eligible participants who have unmet income need

How to Apply:

  1. Download and complete the fillable application (PDF) by typing into the form (or you may print it and complete by hand.)
  2. Return the completed application to us via fax or mail:
    • Fax: 785-864-5188
    • Supportive Educational Services
      University of Kansas
      1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 7
      Lawrence, KS 66045
  3. Provide requested documentation
  4. Check your email for notification of acceptance
  5. Schedule an informal intake interview with a Support Services Coordinator

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