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About Us

The mission of HORIZONS Student Support Services is to retain and graduate its participants at the highest possible rate with the highest possible grade point average from Purdue University.

We aim to embody a holistic program that facilitates and customizes initiatives that meets the needs of HORIZONS Purdue students. We aim to assist students in developing academic, social, and personal skills that will contribute to a well-rounded and successful educational experience.


HORIZONS Student Support Services is a federally funded TRIO Program that was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments of 1968. The name TRIO stands for the original three programs that were initiated by the U.S. Department of Education and were the first national college access and retention programs to address the serious social and cultural barriers to education in America.  TRiO began as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. The TRiO programs were originally established by the federal government in 1965 to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstances.

HORIZONS Student Support Service has been serving Purdue University since 1978.

Student Eligibility

A student must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Purdue University and must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • A student’s family must meet the federal guideline for income eligibility
  • A student must be a first-generation college student (Neither parent have completed a 4-year college degree)
  • A student is registered with the Disability Resource Center on campus

In addition, a student must also meet the following criteria:

  • Students must have U.S. Citizenship or Legal Resident status
  • Qualify for federal financial aid and have a current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file
  • Apply directly for admissions to HORIZONS
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