TRIO Student Support Services

Our promise is simple – leading you to complete a bachelor’s degree. TRIO Student Support Services serves first-generation college students at Purdue Northwest.

Ana Lopez is pictured.

As first-generation students, we have to figure it out and put the pieces together. I always tell myself ‘don’t let yourself down,’ because then how will you get to where you want to be?

Ana Lopez
Health Studies

How to Join

Fill out the TRIO application linked below. If you meet the criteria, we will schedule an appointment to learn about you and your academic and career ambitions.

Apply Here

Eligible students must be enrolled at Purdue Northwest, be a US citizen or legal permanent resident, and intend to graduate from PNW. In addition, if you can answer “yes” to one of the questions below, great news, you are eligible to apply!

  • Will you earn a bachelor’s degree before both of your parents?
  • Were you awarded state or federal grants? (i.e. 21st Century Scholar, Frank 0’Bannon, Pell)
  • Have you requested accommodations from the Disability Access Center?

Our Services

Our services emphasize academic excellence, financial literacy, cultural awareness, and life-long learning. There is no cost or fee associated with the program.

  • Tutoring, including tutoring online or with a one-on-one peer in a variety of subjects
  • Timely assistance with selecting classes, preparing for advising meetings and reviewing academic progress
  • Financial aid and scholarship support to reduce loan debt
  • Academic and graduate school coaching
  • Flex your time management, organization, study strategies, and even your budgeting skills
  • Join us as we explore museums, theaters, and other events recommended by you
  • Expand your networks by attending research and leadership conferences that pivot you towards personal and career success
TRIO SSS students lined up in matching t-shirts with hands on hips

PNW Joins National Recognition of First-Generation College Students

In honor of the National First-Generation College Celebration, meet some of your first-generation PNW classmates!

Read The Story

Meet our Staff

Catalina Rodriguez

Vice Chancellor of Educational Opportunity Programs


rodrigce@pnw.edu

(219) 785-5549

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Kila Ward

Kila Ward

Program Coordinator


kward@pnw.edu

(219) 785-5367

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Rose Haite

Rose Haite

Academic Coordinator


rhaite@pnw.edu

(219) 785-5469

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Federally Funded by the US Department of Education

$1.7 million in federal funds will be used to fund TRIO Student Support Services at Purdue University Northwest for the 2020-2025 grant cycle. The program is operated 100% by federal funds.

Contact Us

TRIO Student Support Services

Schwarz Hall 38 – Westville
SULB 343 – Hammond

(219) 785-5549

triosss@pnw.edu

Schedule an Appointment!

Kila Ward

Email: kward@pnw.edu

Phone: (219) 785-5367

To schedule an appointment: calendly.com/ksward

Rose Haite

Email: rhaite@pnw.edu

Phone: (219) 785-5469

To schedule an appointment: calendly.com/rhaite

Contact Us

TRIO Student Support Services

Schwarz Hall 38 – Westville
SULB 343 – Hammond

(219) 785-5549

triosss@pnw.edu

Schedule an Appointment!

Kila Ward

Email: kward@pnw.edu

Phone: (219) 785-5367

To schedule an appointment: calendly.com/ksward

Rose Haite

Email: rhaite@pnw.edu

Phone: (219) 785-5469

To schedule an appointment: calendly.com/rhaite