What is TRiO?

Student Support Services at Southeastern Illinois College is funded 100% by the U.S. Department of Education at $295,462 annually to provide support services to 165 eligible enrolled students.
The Student Support Services (SSS) program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their post-secondary education.
The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next. To be eligible for the program you must be either a low-income student, first- generation college student, or a student with a documented disability.

Students in the TRIO Student Support Services program are more than twice as likely to remain in college as those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program.

During the last grant competition in 2010, Southeastern Illinois College Student Support Services program was renewed for another 5 years by the U.S. Department of Education. We look forward to continuing our efforts in working with the student in their goals of completing a college degree and entering the workforce.

For additional information, visit the Office of Post-Secondary Education or download the Guide to U.S. Department of Education Programs 2012.

What does the acronym TRIO mean?