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Eligibility Requirements

The Student Support Services program provides assistance for undergraduate students who meet the Department of Education's requirements. It is open to DWU students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents with a permanent resident card who meet one or more of the following:

First generation - Students who are the first to attend college - if neither parent earned a bachelor's degree prior to your 18th birthday.

Disabled - students who require accommodations or services because of a documented physical, psychological, and/or learning disability.

Low Income - students must meet the income guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Education.

To apply, complete and sign the following three forms and return all application materials to DWU TRiO Student Support Services Box 923.

1. Application for Student Support Services
2. Application interview form.
3. Please complete and return the appropriate Income Verification Form.

If you have questions about which form to complete you please call 605-995-2931.

Federal TRIO Programs
Current-Year Low-Income Levels

(Effective January 24, 2013 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: $6,030 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $7,545 for Alaska; and $6,930 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, Vol. 78, No. 16, January 24, 2013, pp. 5182-5183.

Students who meet one or more of these criteria and are U.S. citizens, U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain’s Island), or U.S. permanent resident who has an Alien Registration Receipt Card are eligible for program assistance. If you meet the eligibility requirements, we encourage you to contact the Student Support Office to sign up for these FREE services!

To find out if you qualify, contact the Student Support Services office at 605-995-2931 or studentsuccess@dwu.edu.


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