TRIO Student Services


Nikander 11


Mon-Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 


The TRIO Student Support Services project at Finlandia University provides academic services to empower 180 qualifying TRIO Logo students to articulate and achieve their personal, educational and career goals.

TRIO Student Support Services delivers a program of academic and personal support designed in partnership with the student. Services support students in ts persisting from one academic year to the next and to graduate with a bachelor degree.

Support services

  • Academic Counseling
  • Career Exploration/Planning
  • Personal Counseling
  • Financial Aid Assistance/Planning
  • Copy Center

  • Financial Literacy Education
  • Professional Tutoring
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Supplemental instruction in English and Math

  • Printing
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Graduate school exploration/visits/application
  • Service Opportunities


You are eligible for TRIO Student Support Services if:

You are a first generation college student and you have financial need – OR – you have a disability.

first generation college student

Being a first generation college student means that neither one of your parents or the biological parent that you resided with primarily did not complete a four-year college or university bachelor degree.

financial need

Having financial need means that your individual or family’s taxable income falls below the official federal income figure determined by family size.


Having a disability means that you have a documented physical or learning disability that may affect your role as a student.

Academic need

Academic need includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:

  • HS or college GPA below 3.0
  • composite ACT score of 20 or below
  • earned GED
  • failing grades
  • out of school 5 years or more
  • undeclared major/or no clear career goals
  • single parent
  • need for personal counseling

Student Support Services Application

The TRIO SSS staff will contact you upon receipt of your application. For more information please contact, Cindy Cowell at (906) 487-7346 or Terri Olsen at (906) 487-7296.

How to  Participate

To become a TRIO Participant you must complete the following steps:

  1. Qualify under the eligibility guidelines listed above.
  2. Fill out the TRIO Student Support Services Application.
  3. Make an appointment to meet with a TRIO/SSS Professional Academic Coach where we will:
  • Assess your strengths and challenges as a learner
  • Create a Graduation and Career Plan including educational goals to map your course to your bachelor degree
  • Connect you with all of the resources available to your to achieve academic and personal success

You are not eligible to use TRIO services such as tutoring, printing, the copy center or supplies until you have met with a professional academic coach.

Slots are limited. Students are selected for participation by October. Incoming students, who receive application packets in the mail, do not wait. If you are interested in participating in the program return your application ASAP as soon as you receive it.

You will have opportunities during orientation to apply and make an appointment with a TRIO SSS Academic Coach. Stop by Nikander 11 to make your appointment as soon as possible.

Remember you are not a participant until you have completed all three steps.

TRIO/SSS is funded by a grant through the U.S. Department of Education.

TRIO Student Support Services Staff

Cindy CowellDirector, TRiO Student Support ServicesFinlandia Universitycindy.cowell@finlandia.edu906-487-7346
Don WellsTRiO Student Support Services TutorFinlandia Universitydon.wells@finlandia.edu906-487-7276
Jerry HessPersonal Counselor, TRiO Student Support ServicesFinlandia Universityjerry.hess@finlandia.edu906-487-7353
Terri OlsenAcademic Specialist, TRiO Student Support ServicesFinlandia Universityterri.olsen@finlandia.edu906-487-7296
Troy ReuterTRiO Student Support Services Academic/Career CoachFinlandia Universitytroy.reuter@finlandia.edu906-487-7315


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