TRiO Student Support Services (SSS)

Murray State University TRIO Student Support Services is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education: $327,826 annually.

1974-2024 — Fifty years of serving students on the MSU Campus.

Student Support Services (SSS) provides services to first-generation student, students with limited income backgrounds, and students with disabilities. The program offers several services that inspire, challenge and empower students to persist and graduate from Murray State University. All services by SSS are FREE to qualified students.

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Selection for participation in  the Murray State University Student Support Services (SSS) program is based on students meeting certain federal requirements.

Students must meet one of the following:

  • First-generation college student

  • Meet federal low-income guidelines

  • Have a documented disability

Students should also:

  • have an academic need

  • be either a freshman, sophomore or transfer student 

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Program Services

SSS staff work collaboratively with MSU students to provide the following services:

  • academic tutoring services, which may include online or in-person tutoring

  • advice and assistance in secondary course selection

  • assistance in preparing for graduate school entrance examinations

  • information on the full range of Federal student financial aid programs and benefits (including Federal Pell Grant awards and loan forgiveness) and resources for locating public and private scholarships

  • assistance in completing financial aid applications, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • financial literacy education for students and families

  • personal and career counseling

  • career exploration

  • graduate school visits, educational and cultural events

  • academic skill workshops

Contact Us

Student Support Services

VP of Student Affairs
Murray State University

261 Blackburn, Murray, KY 42071

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Melissa Cooper

TRiO/SSS Director
VP of Student Affairs

Kimberly Johnson

Administrative Assistant II
VP of Student Affairs

Jessica Arneson

Lead Program Advisor
VP of Student Affairs

Stephen Keene

Program Advisor
VP of Student Affairs

Tara Garland

Lead Peer Mentor
VP of Student Affairs


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