Utah Tech University

Student Support Services

What is TRiO - Student Support Services?

Our Mission

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program designed to provide a variety of free services to help qualified students complete an associate degree and move on to a bachelor degree.

The Student Support Services program will provide opportunities for participants to practice self-direction, resourcefulness, and resiliency through one-on-one advising focused on academic skills development and personal enrichment. Ultimately, we hope that participants will become successful students, college graduates, respected professionals in their fields, and global citizens who practice lifelong learning.

How Do I Qualify?

To qualify for the SSS program, a student must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, admitted/registered at Utah Tech University as a full-time student, demonstrate an academic need for services as defined by the institution, have earned fewer than 40 college credits, and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • First Generation– Neither parent received a four-year college degree before the student was 18-years old.
  • Income Eligible– Student is receiving federal financial aid such as a Pell grant or the student’s household taxable income meets federal guidelines.
  • Disability– The student has a physical, emotional, or learning disability which has been documented through UT’s Disability Resource Center.

What Is TRIO?

The program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education.

Program History


To fulfill the program’s focus, as outlined in its mission statement, the Utah Tech University Student Support Services program focuses on five major goals:

  • Increase the retention of UT students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Increase the academic success of eligible students by increasing their GPA.
  • Increase the number and percent of students from disadvantaged backgrounds who graduate from UT.
  • Increase the number and percent of students from disadvantaged backgrounds who continue their education in graduate or technical schools.


Review our Performance Objectives(pdf)


The Student Support Services staff communicates with program participants in a variety of ways. Stay up-to-date on campus and program events and important dates.

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Jonathan Morrell

Director of Student Support Services

Email: jonathan.morrell@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-652-7656

Office: Browning 209