Cleveland State University

Academic Advising


The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs.

TRIO/SSS Services
Student Support Services Program

Student Support Services (SSS) is one of eight TRIO programs and is a federally funded program that provides:

  • Opportunities for academic development
  • Assistance with basic college requirements
  • Motivation and support needed to complete a college degree
Program Description:

Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. Student Support Services (SSS) projects also may provide grant aid to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants.

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Eligibility Requirements

  1. First generation college student: Neither parent nor guardian received a bachelor's degree; and/or
  2. Low-income based on federal income guidelines
  3. Enrollment or accepted for enrollment at Cleveland State Unvierstiy
  4. U.S. citizen and/or legal permanent resident
  5. Demonstrated academic need as determined by TRIO/SSS

Request Information

To express your interest and request information, click here and we will contact you with more information:


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Why should I use the TRIO/SSS Tutoring Center?

Earning good grades should be your number one priority as a college student. This is not always easy. The TRIO Tutoring Center is committed to providing a supportive environment that will help build your understanding of the subject so that you can improve academic achievement and earn higher grades.

Schedule your TRIO tutoring session today!

How do I meet with a TRIO/SSS Tutor?

Please come to the TRIO/SSS Office in MC110 to schedule an appointment to meet with your TRIO advisor and complete a brief referral form, or call us to set up an appointment to meet with your advisor!

Who are the TRIO/SSS tutors?

The TRIO/SSS tutors are a group of dynamic, qualified CSU undergraduate students who have demonstrated mastery of the subject area they tutor. TRIO/SSS tutors have worked extensively with the TRIO/SSS student population. They welcome questions and are always happy to help.

What subjects are offered?

The TRIO tutors offer many subjects which are common to many students in their first years of college including:

♦ Biology ♦ Physics
♦ Chemistry ♦ Proofreading
♦ Math ♦ Accounting
♦ Spanish ♦ Finance
♦ English ♦ Economics
♦ Engineering  
Where will I meet with the tutor?

The tutors are located in MC 110A, in the TRIO/SSS advising area.

What do I need to bring to my tutoring appointment?

Bring your textbook, notes, assignment descriptions, and any worksheets you need help with. In general, bring anything you have that might be helpful for our tutors to help you succeed. It is important that you come prepared to your tutoring session.

What if I have to cancel an appointment?

Just stop by our office or call us at (216) 687-2402 to let us know that you have to cancel.


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Peer Mentoring

Want to meet an upper-classman with the same major or interests as you? Need to vent? Are you unsure of the policies and procedures or resources available at CSU? Want to learn more about scholarship or internship opportunities? Want to talk with another student who may have gone through similar college experiences?

The peer mentor/mentee relationship is an integral part of the TRIO/SSS program. Our mission is to support first-year TRIO/SSS students in making the transition from high school to Cleveland State University by creating a supportive environment linking them to the many services and resources that are available. Also, the program assists with goal setting and offers social events each semester to connect students in the program and with the peer mentors!

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Spring 2014 Events

    George Bovell, Director

  • Location: Main Classroom 110J
  • Phone Number: (216) 523-7426
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    Erica Elle Zanders, TRIO/SSS Secretary / Support Staff

  • Location: Main Classroom 110I
  • Phone Number: (216) 687-5244
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    Barbara Brandau, Academic Advisor / Coordinator of Peer Mentoring

  • Location: Main Classroom 110G
  • Phone Number: (216) 687-3659
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    Angela Mulby, Academic Advisor / Program Coordinator

  • Location: Main Classroom 110S
  • Phone Number: (216) 687-9372
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    Jamie L. Vega, Academic Advisor / Coordinator of Tutoring

  • Location: Main Classroom 110C
  • Phone Number: (216) 687-5227
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    Stephanie Liezert, Academic Advisor / Annual Performance Report

  • Location: Main Classroom 110E
  • Phone Number: (216) 687-2168
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    Tutoring Office

  • Location: Main Classroom 110A
  • Phone Number: (216) 687-9376

    Peer Mentoring Office

  • Location: Main Classroom 110T
  • Phone Number: (216) 687-3888

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News and Events
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Tutoring Schedule
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TRIO/Student Support Services

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TRIO Newsletter
Trio Newsletter

Newsletter 2014 Fall
As we look forward to a new academic year, let me warmly welcome all new and returning students to the TRIO family. It's hard to believe that the summer is already over and a new semester is about to begin.

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Mailing Address
Advising Office
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, MC 110
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Exploratory Advising:
Main Classroom 110
1899 East 22nd Street

Phone: 216-687-9376

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