TRIO Student Support Services
What is TRIO?
Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance. In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life.
These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.
TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)
We provide academic support services such as tutoring, assistance with education plans, personal and career counseling, visits to universities, and more. If you are low-income, first-generation, or a student with a disability, check out what our FREE services can do for you.
What we offer
Program Eligibility Requirements
In order to be considered for the TRIO SSS program, you must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident
- Have a High School diploma OR GED/High School Completion
- Be a current Yakima Valley College student
- Currently pursuing a 2-year associates degree at Yakima Valley College (AA, AS, ATA, or AAS-T)
- Not already have a degree from a 4-year college or university
- Be a first-generation college student (neither parent or guardian has graduated from 4-year college or university)
- AND low-income (see table below)
- OR have a documented disability and be registered with Disabilities Support Services (DSS)
Federal Low-Income Guidelines
|Number of Dependents (include self)||Taxable Income|
(Effective January 12, 2022 until further notice)
For family units with more than 8 members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,270.
For more information call: Yakima Campus 509.574.4956 or Grandview Campus 509.882.7041
TRIO SSS Program Services
|The following services are available to students who participate in the TRIO SSS Program:
Academic and Career Counseling:
College Orientation Classes:
Assistance with Degree Audits/Educational Plans:
Academic Early Warning (AEW):
Learning Skills Workshops:
Financial Aid Workshops:
Assistance is provided to students who need financial resources in order to pursue their educational program at YVC. A financial literacy program entitled “CashCourse“ is encouraged for all TRIO students.
|What is expected of students who participate in the program?
The purpose of SSS is to increase retention, graduation, and transfer rates of the program’s participants. Your commitment to the program is a vital part of your success in fulfilling your education goals and the goals which have been set for the program. Each participant is required to meet the following expectations while enrolled in SSS: