At the Academic Support Center, we’re proud of our TRIO connection. Funded by the US Department of Education, TRIO Student Support Services makes sure all motivated students, regardless of their income or background, can succeed in college.

Many Castleton students qualify for extra support through a program called TRIO. If any of the following apply to you, you may be eligible for TRIO:

  • You are a first-generation college student. (Neither of your parents has a four-year college degree.)
  • You meet certain income guidelines.
  • You have a documented disability.

Like everything else we provide, our TRIO services are free.

Here are some of the services and programs available to TRIO students:

Summer Transition Program 

Nervous about taking the big plunge into college? We offer a five-day program right before first-year orientation. You’ll have fun, make new friends, and start your first semester with confidence.

Academic Success Meetings

Navigating college can be tough. Chat with one of us about your goals and learn ways to manage your time and study more effectively.

TRIO Grants

Yes, if you’re eligible for TRIO, you may qualify for more financial aid! First and second-year TRIO students who have received a Pell Grant and use our services may apply for grants ranging from $1000-$2000. Applications are due in October. Access our application online, or pick one up in Babcock.

Mentoring and Leadership Development 

If you like what TRIO has done for you, why not give back to other TRIO students? We offer volunteer and paid leadership opportunities during the summer and academic year. Mentoring looks great on your resume, and it is a good way to build confidence and meet new people.

To see if you might be eligible for TRIO or learn more about any of our programs, please call Kelley Beckwith at (802) 468-1347 or stop by Babcock.

Castleton TRIO Blog

Get support and inspiration even when our office is closed! Visit our blog for study tips, financial advice, and TRIO success stories.

Castleton’s TRIO program is funded through the US Department of Education at $292,341 per year.

From the Blogs

All four years of my college career were spent being a part of TRIO and the Summer Transition Program. I started off as a scared, shy freshman coming into this new world of education, and I found my home at the Academic Support Center. We became a family, one that I knew I wanted to continue to be a part of for all my years at Castleton. Each year as a mentor my family grew, not only because of the new students, but the other mentors and staff too. I may have graduated, but the skills I learned and friends I made from our time together still helps me after leaving Castleton behind.

Gabrielle Brooks B.A. in Art with a minor in Psychology, '13