Student Support Services/TRIO Grants

There are three types of grants you may qualify for through the Student Support Services/TRIO
program at the University of Mary:

New students accepted into SSS/TRIO are eligible for a $50 book grant after completion of their first successful semester. Returning SSS students maintaining satisfactory academic progress will receive a $50 book grant in the fall and spring semester. Awards will be applied after the add/drop date.

Restrictions

The SSS/TRIO Book Grant Program is subject to the following financial aid restrictions:

  • You are not eligible if you are receiving a full institutional scholarship.
  • Athletes, who receive athletic scholarships, are not eligible for the book grant program (NCAA rules).
  • All sources of financial aid including the institutional book grant cannot exceed the cost of attendance.
  • General Satisfactory Academic Progress standards must be maintained to receive the book grant.
  • Students must have completed the financial literacy requirement.

New students accepted into SSS/TRIO are eligible for a Merit Grant after completion of their first successful semester. Returning SSS students earning the required GPA, and meeting program
requirements will be eligible for a Merit Grant in the fall and spring semester. Awards will be applied after the add/drop date.

Merit Grant Requirements

  • Students must have been in the SSS/TRIO program at least one semester.
  • Students must have earned a 3.0-4.0 GPA the Spring/Fall semester prior
  • Student must have completed a minimum of 67% of the credits they have attempted.
  • Student must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits.
  • Students must have met with their SSS/TRIO advisor a minimum of three (3) times during the semester.
  • Students must have completed the financial literacy requirement.

Restrictions

The SSS/TRIO Merit Grant program is subject to the following financial aid restrictions:

  • You are not eligible if you are receiving a full institutional scholarship.
  • Athletes must meet specific NCAA requirements in order to be eligible for Merit Grant.
  • All sources of financial aid including the institutional merit grant cannot exceed the cost of attendance.
  • The merit grant program is only available during the fall and spring semesters.

Student Support Services/TRIO will notify the Financial Assistance Office which students qualify for Book and Merit grants. The Financial Assistance Office makes the final determination of eligibility and adjustments to a student's financial aid package. Students are personally responsible for verifying with the Financial Assistance Office their possible eligibility and impact on their awards/costs. The Financial Assistance Office has the authority to amend this policy at any time to comply with changes in institutional policy.

Student Support Services/TRIO provides its students the opportunity to apply for additional fall and spring grant aid through our program and federal grant aid money. If additional money is available, there may be the possibility of summer grant aid, as well.

SSS students who have less than 60 credits, above a 2.0 GPA, and who are receiving a Federal PELL grant are eligible for this grant aid. Amount of awards vary. Currently the minimum award is $626. Money awarded will be determined by number of students applying for the grant and need, as well as allowable award amounts. To qualify for the grant, in addition to the eligibility requirements, you must complete a grant application and a minimum 250 word, typed and double spaced, essay telling us why you should be selected for this grant and making a
special note of how this grant could ease your risk of possibly dropping out of school. Applications and instructions for the grant will be emailed to current SSS students the semester prior to the award.

Applications will be reviewed based on the Department of Education's criteria, previous semester's cumulative GPA, completion of program requirements, and your participation in the Student Support Services/TRIO program.

*All awards must be verified with the financial aid office to ensure that you are not overawarded. Please let this serve as notice, that although you may be chosen for a top award, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships determines the maximum number of grant dollars you may actually receive.