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 are 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 is 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

TRIO Current Year Low-Income Levels
1 person - Maximum income:  $21,870
2 people - Maximum income:  $29,580
3 people - Maximum income:  $37,290
4 people - Maximum income:  $45,000
5 people - Maximum income:  $52,710
6 people - Maximum income:  $60,420
7 people - Maximum income:  $68,130
8 people - Maximum income:  $75,840
* Effective January 19, 2023

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $7,710 for the 48 contiguous states.

And ALL of these things are true:
1. You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
2. AND you are majoring in any AA, AS, AGS, or AAS degree plan
3. 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.
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