TRiO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) is a federally funded grant program at HCC. Therefore, in addition to HCC polices, TRiO SSS is subject to federal legislation and regulations. It is a limited enrollment program, funded to serve 175 eligible participants each year.
All applicants must meet at least one of the following eligibility requirements prior to acceptance into the program:
Applicants must also possess an academic need, which includes but is not limited to placement into developmental Math or English classes as the most common need in addition to limited English proficiency, poor college grades, lack of educational or career goals, etc.
It is preferred, but not required, that each applicant:
Although TRiO SSS is designed as an extra support system to students, participants in the program must possess a strong desire to not only attend college but to be a successful student and complete their program. The ideal student possesses the drive to succeed but is still able to benefit from the services TRiO SSS provides.
TRiO SSS is not a “free book” program or a “grant” program in the sense that every student will receive a direct material or financial gain from participation. TRiO SSS is able to offer a small number of books for daily use or study on-campus only.
Grant Aid is given one time/year to eligible program participants. The awarding of funds is competitive and based on an application and scoring rubric. To be eligible, one must be an active participant in the program and be a current recipient of Pell Grant funds, among other criteria.
You can stop by the offices in the Student Center or fill out an application online.
Program staff will verify your eligibility and you will receive a phone call or email to schedule an interview appointment. You may be asked to provide additional documentation to bring to your interview.
After your interview, you must come to an Intake to be considered a participant in the program. In the intake, you will learn about the services offered, how the program works, and you will meet with the Coordinator or Advisor to complete a personal Educational Plan and Goals.
Participants must have contact with TRiO SSS staff each semester and take advantage of services and/or events if they are to continue in the program. This includes receiving tutoring, academic or transfer advising, assistance with financial aid, attending workshops, etc.
Participants in TRiO SSS vary greatly according to age, ethnicity, academic talent, major, and every characteristic in between. In fact, many TRiO SSS students are academically talented. The one thing all should have in common, other than eligibility criteria, is a drive to complete college successfully and be well prepared for the future.
We have had several participants transfer to elite schools, including the University of Maryland College Park, Columbia University, Towson University, and Loyola University, among many more.