TRIO Programs at USM

TRIO Summer Bridge Program

Welcome to TRIO Summer Bridge Program!

We are now accepting applications.


What is the TRIO Summer Bridge Program?

The Summer Bridge Program is offered by the University of Southern Maine and TRIO Student Support Services to ensure the success of newly admitted USM students.  It includes opportunities to become familiar with USM’s campuses and resources, increase your Math and English skills, and make new friends who can share your college experience.  TRIO Student Support Services will provide ongoing college coaching and academic support throughout your time at USM, working closely with you to ensure your successful college graduation. 

What will the TRIO Bridge Program Offer You?

  • $250 stipend for completing the entire program
  • Earn 2 USM college credits at no cost (over $500 value)
  • Textbook and fees are provided at no cost (over $170 value)
  • Daily lunches at no cost
  • Free METRO bus pass (if needed for transportation)
  • New experiences, learning, confidence, friends, and mentors

Who can participate?

Participants must meet the following criteria:

1. Attending USM this fall 2018 as a matriculated degree-seeking student working toward first bachelor’s degree AND
2. Must be eligible to apply for Federal financial aid as an eligible US citizen or noncitizen


Meet at least ONE of the eligibility below:
1. Neither parent graduated from a four-year college OR
2. Meet government income guidelines based on taxable income OR
3. Have a documented physical, medical, psychological, or learning disability


Math SAT criteria:
Math SAT score below 570 from March 2016 & on
Critical Reading SAT criteria:
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing SAT score below 560 from March 2016 & on

When is the TRIO Summer Bridge Program?

Times: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Location: USM Portland campus

Dates: All 17 dates below:

Mon., 7/9
Tues., 7/10
Wed., 7/11
Thurs., 7/12
Tues., 7/17
Wed., 7/18
Thurs., 7/19
Tues., 7/24
Wed., 7/25
Thurs., 7/26
Fri., 7/27
Tues., 7/31
Wed., 8/1
Thurs., 8/2
Tues., 8/7
Wed., 8/8
Thurs., 8/9

How do I apply for TRIO Summer Bridge Program?

Complete the TRIO Student Support Services in one of the following ways:

By mail to:
USM TRIO Student Support Services
37 College Avenue
Gorham, ME 04038

Drop off to:
USM TRIO Student Support Services
102 Bedford Street, Portland or
7 College Avenue, Gorham

By email to:

By fax to:

Apply now for the best opportunity for participation.  Priority deadline is Friday, June 8, 2018.

Invest in your future by spending time this summer on USM’s Portland Campus having fun, meeting new people,  experiencing college life and preparing yourself to succeed at USM!