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TRiO Hours

TRiO is open from 8-5 Monday through Friday and can be found on the second floor of Main Hall in room 215.

Trio Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements

Students qualify for TRIO SSS by meeting at least one but usually two of the criteria below: 

1-Families qualify as low income (see current income guideline below) 

2-Are first generation college students (neither parent(s) nor guardian(s) the student regularly resides with has a Bachelor’s degree), or 

3-Have a documented physical or learning disability and is registered with UMW campus Disability Services. 

Federal TRIO Programs 2015 Annual “Low Income Levels”

(Taxable not gross income, corresponding to the line on Form 1040 labeled “taxable income”.)(Effective January 28, 2015 until further notice)

Size of Family Unit

48 Contiguous States,
D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions



































For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,240 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $7,800 for Alaska; and $7,170 for Hawaii.

The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register on January 22, 2015.

Trio Staff

TRiO Staff

If you have any questions, please contact Trio staff.

Ilene Cohen
(406) 683-7311

Jeanna Meier-Francisconi
Academic Advisor
(406) 683-7314

Rob Micken
Academic Advisor
First Year Program Coordinator
(406) 683-7332

Nicole Nygren
Academic Advisor
(406) 683-7315



TRiO is a federal program designed to provide educational opportunities for low-income, first-generation students, and students with learning or physical disabilities. The program aims to increase college retention and graduation rates.

The TRiO program helps students overcome economic, social and academic boundaries to higher education by assisting with basic college requirements and providing students with needed support.

Montana Western’s TRiO program is part of the Student Success team and works closely with all campus offices and academic departments to maximize the opportunity for each student to succeed.


Qualified TRiO students can take advantage of the following:

·       Consistent and persistent guidance, mentoring and support throughout each student’s university experience.
·       A first-year program for incoming freshman.
·       Advice and assistance in selection of college courses and schedule management in collaboration with the student’s faculty advisor.
·       Access to a dedicated computer lab and supportive technology.
·       Assistance with graduate school search and application process.
·       Information and assistance on student financial aid programs and scholarships.
·       Assistance with college campus and social issues.
·       Assistance with the university graduation process.
·       Workshops in academic, life, and career skills.


1.     Fill out and submit a TRiO application.

2.     Based on eligibility and availability, you will be invited to participate in TRiO Student Support Services. We are currently granted to provide services to 160 Western students.

Why TRiO?

TRiO programs help low-income, first-generation, and disabled students realize their educational potential. Students receiving TRiO services are more likely to enroll and graduate from a postsecondary education program. The national average of low-income students completing a Bachelor's is 8.3%. The average for Montana TRiO student completing a Bachelor's is 24%.

TRiO Works!

*For more information on TRIO SSS programs please visit the link below.

*MTAspire TRIO SSS facts book an interesting overview of TRIO participants in Montana.