TRiO SSS Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the TRiO Student Support Services Program, the student:

  • Must be a citizen or national of the United States or meet the residency requirements for federal student financial assistance.
  • Must be enrolled at Hagerstown Community College or accepted for enrollment in the next academic term.
  • Must demonstrate a need for academic support, as determined by the project director, in order to successfully pursue a post-secondary educational program.

In addition, to be eligible the student  must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Must be a first generation student (defined as neither parent has earned a four-year degree);
    OR
  • Must be a low-income individual, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education
    OR
  • Must be an individual with a documented disability, as defined in section 12102 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Important: Eligibility does not guarantee admission to the program. TRiO SSS staff reserve the right to determine admission based on a comprehensive review of eligibility, academic need, preferred qualifications, and current openings in the program. Preference for admission to TRiO SSS is given to students who:

  • Meet multiple eligibility criteria (first-generation, income eligibility, documented disability)
  • Have completed or tested above 98-level courses and have a GPA above 2.0
  • Are enrolled full-time (12 credits or more each semester) and plan to earn a degree from HCC