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TRIO SSS Eligibility

Qualifying participation in TRIO SSS is competitive. Interested students must:

  • Be admitted to WKU as an undergraduate, degree-seeking student.
  • Be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident (classified as a permanent resident alien or refugee in the process of seeking citizenship).
  • Demonstrate need for academic support, as determined by the WKU TRIO SSS project, in order to successfully pursue a post-secondary educational project.

Additionally, students meeting the following criteria will be given priority in acceptance. Priority applicants may:

  • Be a first-generation college student.
    • A first-generation college student is defined as (1) A student neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree; (2) A student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one parent and whose supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree; or (3) An individual who, prior to the age of 18, did not regularly reside with or receive support from a natural or an adoptive parent.
  • Come from a low-income background based on taxable income and household size.
  • Have a documented disability/diagnosis on file with WKU’s Student Accessibility Resource Center (SARC).
    • The term disability means, with respect to an individual— (A) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual; (B) a record of such an impairment; or (C) being regarded as having such an impairment.



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 Last Modified 5/20/24