Welcome to TRIO Student Support Services!

Our Mission

The TRIO Student Support Services program originated with other TRIO programs in the Higher Education Act of 1965 and has been present on the Mānoa campus since 1970. The mission of the Student Support Services (SSS) program is to increase the graduation and retention of first-generation college students and those with high financial need.

Our Services

  • Supplemental Academic Advising
  • Graduation Planning
  • Personal Career and Financial Counseling
  • FAFSA and Financial Aid Guidance
  • Scholarship Search Assistance
  • Summer School Scholarship


  • Cultural Enrichment Activities
  • Graduate School Guidance
  • Mentoring and Leadership Opportunities
  • Computer Lab with Free Printing
  • Special Courses (UNIV 110, UNIV 327 and UNIV 421) **paused for Spring & Fall 2021

Visit our How to Apply page for eligibility criteria.

Virtual Hours

Monday - Friday*
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
And by appointment

office hours

Monday - Thursday*
9:00 am -12:00 pm
And by appointment

Book advising appointments on STAR Balance!

  • Students must be accepted to TRIO/SSS to schedule an appt
  • Under Academic Advising, select TRIO/SSS

(808) 956-8402



*Closed weekends and state & federal holidays
last updated: June 2021

NEW! Print & Pick-up

For current TRIO SSS students. Please check your Tuesday Weekly emails for instructions. If you are not part of the TRIO SSS 'ohana, apply here.

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TRIO Student Support Services
Krauss Hall Room 114
2500 Dole Street
Honolulu HI, 96822

Across the street from Richardson Law Library


"SSS has offered insightful workshops on graduate school funding, financial literacy, and meal interview etiquette along with social workshops on how to make yarn leis and paracord handles. Attending some of the workshops offered by SSS made me a more well-rounded and knowledgeable student and person because I received both academic and practical life skills advising from their fantastic advisors. "

Alyssa, Bachelor of Music

"As a first-generation college graduate, I am proud to have participated in the SSS program. The advisors look out for your best interest and try to provide the best advice so that you can meet your educational goals. I enjoyed taking UNIV 110 and UNIV 327 because it motivated me to become a better student and create effective study habits."

Michelle, Marketing and Management Major

"Ever since I started college, SSS has been like a family to me. Everyone is very friendly and I have made a lot of friends through SSS. There are many services provided that I utilized throughout my college years such as advising, a computer lab, free printing, food, summer scholarship, and a place to hang out or study.  SSS has played a huge role in my academic life and has made my experience at UHM more memorable! "

Kim, Biology Major 

"I was a non-traditional college student and the first to attend a University in my family. I was nervous and unsure how to navigate the UH system, apply for scholarships, and how to access the resources available to me on campus. My advisor at SSS gave me guidance and support that made it possible to graduate on time. I strongly suggest any students with questions about college pursue this opportunity to be part of the SSS ohana. "

Jill, Public Health Major