TRIO Teacher Preparation Student Support Services (TPSSS) Application

This is the online application for Grand Valley State University's TRIO Teacher Preparation Student Support Services (TPSSS). If you prefer to fill out a PDF/paper application, you may download this at . Please fill out the application completely prior to submitting.

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident 
  • Have an interest in becoming a K-12 educator
  • Be a first-generation college student (neither parents have completed a bachelor’s degree from a four-year institute)
    AND/OR meet specific income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education
    AND/OR a student with a disability

After you have completed the application form, you will need to provide TPSSS with the following three items:

  1. Copies of all college transcripts
  2. A signed copy of the TPSSS program agreement (available at the TPSSS office).
  3. If you are a current college student and have completed at least one semester, please also include a written recommendation from a college professor as part of your application. The written recommendation may be emailed to TPSSS at

* denotes a required field

Contact Information

Permanent Home Address

Local Home Address

Demographic Information:

Please note that this Demographic information is for federal reporting purposes. Check all that apply.

Ethnicity/Race: *

Gender *


Have you participated in any of the following student support service programs? (Check all that apply)

Check all areas in which you feel TPSSS staff may be able to assist you in the future: *

TPSSS Program Agreement

Please note that after submitting your application, the TPSSS staff will contact you to obtain a signed copy of the TPSSS Program Agreement (as stated below). By applying to the program, you will agree to read and understand the following:

  • I understand that my commitment to TPSSS is for one year and that I am expected to meet with my advisor regularly.
  • I understand that TPSSS will collect information about my participation in the program for the purposes of developing statistical data, evaluating program efficacy, and assessing my academic, and/or career needs.
  • I understand that TPSSS may use my name and/or picture in promotional materials, including (but not limited to) their newsletter, website, and brochure.
  • I understand that TPSSS may provide a list of participants to campus departments as deemed beneficial to the service of students enrolled in the program.
  • I authorize the TPSSS program to gather information concerning my academic record from the Registrar’s Office, and my FAFSA from the Financial Aid Office prior to my participation and throughout my involvement in TPSSS. I understand that this information is used to assist in the determination of my eligibility for the TPSSS program and it will be held strictly confidential.
  • I understand I am giving permission to TPSSS staff and financial aid staff to access my records and financial aid information in order to determine if I meet federal income guidelines.

By checking "Yes" below, I agree that I have read and consent to the above TPSSS Program Agreement. *

Career Goal Statement