You may qualify for TRiO SSS if you are a US citizen or permanent resident. Additionally, you must be working toward a certificate, diploma, or an associate degree and demonstrate a need for academic support. Students who have already earned an associate degree or higher degree are not eligible. You need to meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a First Generation College Student: Neither of your parents or guardians received a bachelor's degree before you were 18 years of age.
  • Qualify as Low Income per federal guidelines. Verification of taxable income is necessary by submitting a copy of the previous tax year's 1040/1040A/1040EZ forms or by signing a release for the financial aid office.
  • Have a documented Disability. To document your disability with the college, please contact Brenda Dailey, disability coordinator, to obtain the guidelines for receiving accommodations.

Federal TRiO Programs Current Year Low-Income Levels

Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States,
DC and Outlying Jurisdictions
Alaska Hawaii
1 $18,735 $23,400 $21,570
2 $25,365 $31,695 $29,190
3 $31,995 $39,990 $36,810
4 $38,625 $48,285 $44,430
5 $45,255 $56,580 $52,050
6 $51,885 $64,875 $59,670
7 $58,515 $73,170 $67,290
8 $65,145 $81,465 $74,910

**For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,630 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $8,295 for Alaska; and $7,620 for Hawaii.

**The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

**The figures shown under the family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines are in effect as of January 11, 2019.

Determining Eligibility

Apply online to see if you are eligible. Your application is incomplete until you submit income verification to the office of Student Support Services in the Student Success Center (101A).