Student Support Services

Student Support Services

TRIO-Student Support Services (TRIO-SSS) is a federally-funded student success program that works. Nationally and at Northark, TRIO-SSS participants consistently accomplish their educational goals at higher rates than non-participants.



TRIO-SSS participants get these services and more:

  • Advising including information about majors, course selection and career counseling
  • Tutoring, both face to face and online
  • Scholarships totaling $5,000 awarded each spring to two or three outstanding TRIO-SSS participants
  • Eligibility to apply for state and regional TRIO scholarships
  • Transfer assistance
  • Financial aid information and application assistance
  • Personal finance and college funding training
  • Equipment lending
  • Free on-campus printing
  • Student activity group with leadership and service opportunities
  • Workshops, several with lunch served
  • Trips to university campuses and cultural attractions
  • Textbook lending library supported by the TRIO-SSS student activity group
  • Mentoring



About 75% of Northark students potentially qualify for TRIO-SSS, but the project limited to serving only 200 participants.

You are eligible for TRIO-SSS if AT LEAST ONE of these things is true:

  • Neither of your parents received a bachelor’s degree before you were 18
  • OR you have a documented disability
  • OR you have a low income, according to the federal definition of a low income

And ALL of these things are true:

  • You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • AND you are majoring in any AA, AS, AGS, or AAS degree plan
  • AND you have an academic need:
    • Test scores below ACT recommended levels
    • Been out of school for 5 years or more
    • Low high school or previous college grades
    • Received a GED
    • Need to raise grades for program acceptance or transfer
    • History of withdrawals and/or repeated courses
    • Other predictive indicators


How Do You Become One of the TRIO-SSS 200 Participants

Fill out a TRIO-SSS application (to receive an application, visit the TRIO-SSS office in M185), call 870-391-3314, email, or ask any Northark advisor). After that, just watch your Northark email for a notification from us.

TRIO-Student Support Services is funded by a grant to North Arkansas College from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $334,745 annually through August 31, 2022.