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Our Mission and Objectives

TRIO SSS at Abilene Christian University provides opportunities for academic development and exposes Scholars to retention-based resource as they pursue a Bachelor’s degree. We honor the overall mission of TRIO SSS programs across the country to retain and graduate the scholars we serve.


TRIO Student Support Services is committed to the success of students who are first-generation, income eligible and/or students with disabilities. Our mission is to empower you to:

  • Develop positive skills, knowledge and attributes needed to complete a Bachelor’s degree;
  • Achieve your potential for academic success and career readiness; and
  • Graduate as a well-rounded, skilled and self-actualized professional ready to lead and serve in global society.


We provide exclusive services to 140 scholars each year, supporting their efforts toward academic success and graduation:

  • 73% of participants will progress from one academic year to the beginning of the next or will have earned a Bachelor’s degree at ACU.
  • 75% of participants will maintain good academic standing at ACU.
  • 42% of new participants served each year will graduate from ACU with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent within six years.

This grant has been 100% federally funded by the United States Department of Education to serve 140 students annually in the amount of $261,088 per year for a period of five years.