The mission of TRIO is to increase the 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.

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

To qualify for TRIO, you must:

  • Be enrolled in an 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

When you join TRIO, 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 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

Learn more and apply

Find out more on the SCC TRIO Application page. You can also stop by the TRIO office to have any of your questions answered: B-110 (North Mankato campus) or B-109 (Faribault campus). Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 507-389-7381. After we receive your application we will determine your eligibility and contact you.

Other Resources Available for Students

SCC strives to help students succeed in the classroom and at home. Check out these pages for resource information: