TPSSS Overview

The TRIO- Teacher Preparation Student Support Services (TPSSS) is a federally funded grant program that promotes the success, retention, and graduation of future teachers from Grand Valley State University. TPSSS works with teaching majors who are first-generation, income-eligible students or students with disabilities to help them work toward graduation by offering them individualized services based on personalized needs as much as possible. Through TPSSS, students and the GVSU community are able to build bridges to connect students to pathways for success.

TRIO TPSSS Video Overview

See the video above for an overview to GVSU's TRIO TPSSS.

TRIO TPSSS Mission Statement

The mission of TRIO Teacher Preparation Student Support Services (TPSSS) is to promote learning, personal development, and retention for undergraduate students who are interested in or pursuing a K-12 teaching degree and who are traditionally underrepresented in, or under-prepared for postsecondary education because of income, family educational background, or disability.


Services and Benefits Provided by TRIO TPSSS

TRIO TPSSS provides a number of services to participants of the program that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Academic Learning and Study Skills
  • Academic Tutoring Services 
  • Academic Collaborative Study Groups
  • Academic Skill Building
  • Financial and Economic Literacy
  • Mentoring and Tutoring K-12 Students
  • MTTC Study Guides & Test Preparation
  • Laptop and Calculator Borrowing Service
  • Comprehensive Academic Assessment
  • Career Assessment
  • Individual Proactive Advising
  • Course Selection Guidance
  • Coaching and Mentoring Services
  • Financial Aid (FAFSA) and Scholarship Assistance
  • Cultural Events & Trips
  • Graduate and Advance Degree Assistance
  • TPSSS Orientation


We have seven TRIO programs at GVSU: Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science, Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, Student Support Services, SSS STEM-Health Sciences and Teacher Preparation Student Support Services, and a Veteran's TRIO SSS.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Below you will find the most frequently asked questions about the TRIO Teacher Preparation Student Support Services (TPSSS) at Grand Valley State University.Below you will find the most frequently asked questions about the TRIO Teacher Preparation Student Support Services (TPSSS) at Grand Valley State University.

Photo of TPSSS Student at the Bean in Chicago during summer trip

How can I apply to the TRIO TPSSS Program?
You may apply online to TPSSS using our online application
or download the PDF application and return the completed application to:
418C DeVos Center
401 W. Fulton St.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

How do I know if I have a teachable major?
Talk to your advisor.

Can I transfer into the program from another institution?
Yes. If you are a transfer student or have changed your program to a teachable major, you may be eligible.

What if I switch majors?
If you change your major to a teachable major, you can apply to join TPSSS. If you are considering changing your major from a teachable major, please talk to your TPSSS advisor.

I am already part of the Education Programs at GVSU. Am I automatically part of TPSSS?
No. In order to be a part of TPSSS, you must have a teachable major and have applied and been accepted into the TPSSS. Full requirements for acceptance into TPSSS are on our Apply page.

How do I know if I have been accepted into TPSSS?
You will receive an email from TPSSS.

Does TPSSS cost me anything?
No, TPSSS is a free program, funded through grants. There is no cost at anytime to be a part of the TRIO TPSSS program.

I graduated from GVSU and want to take the PRE now, can you help me?
At this time, TPSSS serves undergraduate students only.

Is TPSSS on social media?
Yes, find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gvsutriotpsss/

Page last modified March 28, 2024