Student Support Services

TRIO-Student Support Services

“From the time I came in as a first-year student, Student Support Services provided me guidance and encouragement every step of the way. The thing that I love the most about the program is the helpful staff—they are the most genuinely caring, compassionate, and friendly individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Whether I needed tutoring, a book loan, or just a quiet place to study, Student Support Services was there for me."
Orpha Vernet ’11, ’12

Orpha Vernet

Welcome to TRIO-Student Support Services!

Welcome to the TRIO-SSS program at GCU. It is our pleasure to serve and guide you during this important stage in your life. In an environment that promotes creativity without compromising integrity, we are committed to providing our student members with the tools they need to succeed at Georgian Court and beyond.

Our unique, federally-funded program provides a variety of services that assist participants in not only staying in college, but in achieving their goal of graduation. Along with a healthy dose of encouragement and motivation, we also provide:

  • Basic skills instruction
  • Tutoring
  • Academic and graduate school counseling
  • Financial literacy training
  • Study skills workshops
  • Walk-in writing lab
  • Computer lab
  • Advocacy, mentoring, motivation, and support

To qualify for this very special program, students must:

  • be a citizen or national of the United States or meet the residency requirements for federal student financial aid.
  • be enrolled at GCU, and
  • have a need for academic support.

Students must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • a low-income individual
  • a first-generation college student, or
  • an individual with disabilities.

If you would like further information about our program, please feel free to contact us at 732.987.2610 or stop by our office. We are tucked away upstairs in the Casino-use the side door across from the library and go up the stairs. You can't miss us . . . but if you don't come, we will miss you!

Adrianne N. Morton, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Student Support Services

Our Mission

TRIO-Student Support Services aspires to meet the needs of low-income and/or first-generation students, or those with a documented disability, who have the potential to successfully negotiate the challenges of higher education. Our focus is to ensure that program participants have a realistic chance of degree attainment at Georgian Court University and achieve admission into graduate and professional degree programs. To accomplish these objectives, TRIO-Student Support Services provides services that foster academic achievement and personal success, which corresponds with the university's mission and Mercy core values.

To implement the program's aims as outlined in this mission statement, TRIO-Student Support Services focuses on four major goals:

  • increase the number of disadvantaged low-income college students, first generation college students and students with disabilities who successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level;
  • provide support services that will increase their retention and graduation rates;
  • foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of students; and
  • improve the financial literacy and economic literacy of students.

Our Vision

Our vision is to see our students attain a university degree. We are committed to cultivating and inspiring personal and academic excellence in program participants. In addition, TRIO-SSS works to foster financial and social responsibility as students persist toward graduation.

How to Apply

Students may print out and complete the application or apply in person (assistance is provided if needed). Stop by the TRIO-SSS office upstairs in the Casino, entering the building using the side door across from the library. Submit completed applications to the secretary.

Who's Who at TRIO-SSS

Adrianne Morton
Adrianne Morton, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for
Student Support Services
Maribeth Corona-Evans
Maribeth Corona-Evans
Academic Support Specialist (Writing, Basic Skills Grammar, Literature, and History)
Deborah D'Agostaro
Debbie D'Agostaro
Staff Assistant
Ben Pulcrano
Ben Pulcrano
Academic Support Specialist (Science, Art, Music)
Creator of the Charlotte E. Pulcrano Textbook Scholarship
Joyce Toll
Joyce Toll
Academic Support Specialist (Math, Religious Studies, Writing, Accounting)
Pat Torlucci
Pat Torlucci
Tutor Coordinator (Science and Math)


To contact any of the TRIO-SSS staff, please call 732.987.2610 or e-mail You can also click on the names above to e-mail each staff person directly.


The TRIO-Student Support Services Program at Georgian Court University is a federally funded five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $284,754 for the 2014-2015 year.

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