Office of Supportive Services

Opening the Doors to Success


Newly admitted MSU students may now apply to participate in TRIO Student Support Services (SSS).



The Office of Supportive Services is proud to be the home of a TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program.  TRIO is a set of eight federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree.  The Office of Supportive Services has competed for and received ongoing funds under this grant program since 1974, with MSU students receiving significant academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention.

The primary purpose of the Office of Supportive Services is to assist students to prepare for the challenges of higher education. OSS works to enable students to develop coping and self management survival skills for success within the University. OSS also provides motivation, academic advising, social counseling, personal planning, career guidance and skill enrichment seminars.

In the 1960’s the Office of Supportive Services was established by a team of committed faculty members who were concerned about addressing unjust institutional and other social factors. They also recognized the need to provide post secondary educational opportunities to students who might not have had the chance to attend college. It is the commitment of higher education, as well as our office, to provide educational and career opportunities to such students. OSS is dedicated toward the advancement of students admitted to Michigan State University.

The mission of OSS is to provide comprehensive services to first-generation, low income college students or those who may have a disability. We are committed to creating and maintaining a student-centered learning environment that encourages academic excellence; values the importance of an education that promotes a global vision; and moreover, nurtures and facilitates movement toward academic achievement and personal goals of students.

Vision of OSS:

  • Be a source of support and guidance in students’ quest for educational excellence
  • Assist students in developing the skills to compete successfully in undergraduate, graduate and professional environments
  • Create, promote and support life enriching educational opportunities
  • Foster learning through innovative advising initiatives

This mission will enable OSS to assist students in achieving the maximum potential towards their academic and career choices.

See what’s available for you at OSS!