TRIO Student Support Services at CSU

About the AAC

The Academic Advancement Center (A Student Support Services Program) has served over 6,500 students on the CSU campus since its arrival on campus in 1978. The Center is funded by a primary grant from the U.S. Department Education, with additional funds for operations, tutoring, and for direct grants to students from the University. A grant from FirstBank Community Fund of Colorado also allows for enrichment of programs.
As one of the 946 federally-funded TRIO Student Support Services programs in the nation, our mission is to help low-income, first-generation college students, foster youth, and students with disabilities to stay in college until they earn their baccalaureate degrees.

Watch this short video about where your CSU tuition dollars go. 

The AAC Is Now Accepting Applications for the Fall 2015 Semester!

*Application deadline extended to July 17th, 2015*

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2015 participation!

For Current or Newly Admitted CSU Students: We're excited that you're interested in becoming part of the AAC community! Please visit our How To Apply Page for more information on how to complete and submit your application.

For Faculty/Staff: If you are a faculty/teacher/staff/counselor and would like to nominate a student for participation in our program, please complete and submit our AAC Referral Form and we'll get in touch with the student you've nominated.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. In order to be considered for Fall 2015 AAC participation, applications and all necessary required documentation needs to be submitted by July 17th, 2015.

*Key Living Learning Community Participation & The AAC: If you are participating in a Key Living Learning Community for the Fall 2015 semester, unfortunately, you are unable to apply to participate in the AAC for Fall 2015. However, we encourage you to visit our website again in October 2015 to apply for Spring 2016 AAC participation.

The AAC Program Model

The AAC is designed to support a select group of CSU students from orientation through graduation. We have intentionally created programming to support the needs of our students from transition to college to career and graduate school preparation and everything in-between.

Once admitted to the AAC, students are expected to continue their participation until graduation.


The AAC Arrive 1st Year Program is designed for new AAC community members who are attending CSU as a first year college student. This track includes:

  • Early Move-In & AAC Program Welcome - SAVE THE DATE - 8/19/2015.  
  • Individual meetings with professional staff at least twice a semester for academic, personal, and social support
  • Weekly ARRIVE Seminar Series: Small group meetings for 12 weeks to ease the transition to college, familiarize students with campus resources, encourage campus involvement, develop academic strategies and build relationships among AAC students.
  • Required tutoring for a minimum of one class in the Fall.

The AAC Arrive Transfer or Continuing CSU Student Program is designed for new AAC community members who are transfer students or continuing CSU students joining the AAC for the first time. This track includes:

  • AAC Program Welcome - Saturday, August 22, 2015
  • Individual meetings with professional staff at least twice a semester for academic, personal, and social support
  • Weekly ARRIVE Seminar Series: Small group meetings for 6 weeks to ease the transition to CSU, familiarize students with campus resources, encourage campus involvement, strengthen academic strategies, and build relationships among AAC students


After successfully completing your 1st semester with the AAC, you transition to our AAC Thrive Program for continuing AAC participants

  • Individual meetings with professional staff at least twice a semester for academic, personal, and social support
  • Attend at least two Community Learning Forums (CLF's) each semester which are based on student-identified topics of interest and needs of students throughout their college experience
    • CLF Topics Include: Budgeting Your Money, Study Abroad, Interview Attire & Etiquette, FAFSA & Scholarship Application Assistance, Resume Writing Assistance, and much, much more!

Additional Services for All AAC Students

  • Academic Tutoring
  • FAFSA & Financial Literacy Guidance & Support
  • Career & Graduate School Preparation
  • Pathways to Academic Success Seminar (for students who have a 2.0 CSU cumulative GPA or below)
  • Cultural Events, Community Services, and Celebrations!

First Generation College Student Stories..... watch stories and make your own!

Follow this link to go to the I'm First Website (Center for Student Opportunity) which has stories of First Generation College Students..... including what they have learned about academic success and being the first person in their family to graduate from college. 

You can create your own story on the website too!

Find the AAC on Facebook!


Did you know the AAC has a Facebook group? We do and we want you to join it! Our Facebook page is great way to find out what's going on in the AAC (workshops, programs, etc.), as well as a great place to get important CSU reminders and connect with other AAC participants.