The mission of TRIO/SSS is to increase retention, graduation, and four-year institution transfer rates of program participants. All program activities are designed to help you continue your education and increase academic success.

Who is eligible to participate?

To qualify for TRIO, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a SCC program
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status

AND meet at least ONE of the federal eligibility criteria such as:

  • Be a first generation college student
  • Be considered income-eligible
  • Be a student with a disability

What does TRIO provide?

  • Professional tutoring, study groups, and effective study skills sessions
  • Academic advising, career planning, and help with financial aid applications
  • College transfer planning
  • Visits to four-year schools
  • Financial literacy workshops
  • Personal counseling
  • Scholarship workshops
  • Cultural enrichment opportunities

Why should you join?
When you join TRIO SSS, you can:

  • Secure your own personal advisor who can help you navigate your way to a college degree or transfer
  • Improve your grades by working with tutors that TRIO SSS will help coordinate to meet your individual needs
  • Work with your TRIO adviser to plan a schedule to meet your transfer/career goals
  • Go on four-year college transfer tours at no charge

How do I join?

You may fill out an online application here:  TRIO Online Application. You can also stop by our TRIO SSS office to pick up a paper copy of the application then submit it either at the TRIO SSS Office at B132 (North Mankato campus) or B-109 (Faribault campus) or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We will determine your eligibility and be in contact with you.