How to Apply for TRIO Services

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Eligible students must meet one or more of these three criteria:

  • Demonstrate financial need 
  • Are first-generation college students, where no parent completed a 4-year college degree 
  • Have a documented disability

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Eligibility Requirements

How is financial need determined?

The Office of Financial Aid at Westfield State verifies a student’s financial need in accordance with federal guidelines.

What is a first-generation college student?

A first-generation college student has no parent nor legal guardian with a four-year college bachelor’s degree. If you have questions, TRIO can help you figure out your status.

If I am a student with a disability, what documentation does TRIO need?

Students with documented disabilities are eligible for TRIO services. The documentation needed for students with disabilities is in line with what the university’s office of Disability Services requires. Students who are registered with and have provided updated information to Disability Services do not need to provide it again to TRIO. Students who have disability documentation but do not wish to register with Disability Services must provide their documentation directly to TRIO in order to assess eligibility for TRIO program services.

Disability Services is the office at Westfield State that provides students with accommodations. The TRIO Program does not manage student accommodations. We encourage students to contact Disability Services to discuss registering with them and to review the process to receive accommodations. To learn more about registering with Disability Services and requesting accommodations, please contact

Federal TRIO Requirements

TRIO is funded to serve 160 students with academic need.

Program students must be a citizen or national of the United States (or meet the residency requirements for federal financial assistance), be enrolled at the University, or be accepted for enrollment to the University.

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education, two-thirds of program participants must be first-generation college students from low-income families, or students with disabilities. In addition, one-third of the participants with disabilities must also be low-income.

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Contact us

TRIO Student Support Services Program
Parenzo Hall, First Floor, Room 149