TRIO programs originated during U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson’s "War on Poverty" initiative. The first program, Upward Bound was created with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Talent Search followed in 1965 as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The third program, Special Services, now known as Student Support Services, was authorized in the Higher Education Act of 1968. When Student Support Services was added as the third program, the name TRIO was adopted to represent the programs.
The Student Support Services Program is funded by the United States Department of Education and has operated within the division of Student Affairs at Florida Memorial University since 1989. The mission of the program is to help students adjust to the challenges of academic life and successfully graduate from college. This program helps students achieve their educational goals through the provision of tutorial, individual/group counseling, mentoring services as well as opportunities to participate in various cultural events. Additionally, opportunities are provided for students to participate in career development workshops and leadership training.
The Student Support Services Program is staffed with friendly and caring professionals that serve a diverse population of over 207 first generation, income eligible students annually.