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Virginia Union University offers an exceptional opportunity for students in our Student Support Services Program.  Student Support Services is a Federal Trio sponsored program that awards funds 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.

The overall purpose of the Students Support Services project at Virginia Union University is to strengthen the likelihood of increased retention and graduation rates of the 140 project participants.  We plan to foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income and first generation college students and individuals with disabilities.  Through continuous quality academic support, tracking and monitoring student progress, personal and social support, and assistance with obtaining adequate and prudent financial resources.  Students of the SSS will achieve the goal of completing their undergraduate degree within six years.

Benefits to being in the SSS:

  • Additional Academic Advising
  • Book Loan
  • Laptop Loan
  • Calculator Loan
  • Tutoring Services
  • Academic Success Planning
  • Money Management
  • Mentoring Program
  • Career Counseling/Preparation
  • Attendance at Cultural activities
  • Financial Aid Counseling
  • Computer Lab


How do I become a part of the SSS?

All student support service students are selected by the SSS staff.

  • 75% of Students are Low-Income and First Generation
  • 11% Low income
  • 11% First Generation
  • 3% Low income and Disabled

Enrollment in program is limited to 140 participants.  Since enrollment is limited to 140 students, an application may be placed on a waiting list to ensure maximum participation.

What is Trio?
In its commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance, the U.S. Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life.  These Programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs: Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services).  Today, TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to process through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

Click Here to view the SSS Brochure

Virginia Union University
Student Support Services
1500 North Lombardy Street
Richmond Virginia 23220
Phone: 804-342-6761