TRIO - Student Support Services

What Is TRIO Student Support Services?

The Student Support Services program at the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus is a federal TRIO grant, funded through the U.S. Department of Education, designed to assist first-generation, low-income and disabled students with their college education.

TRIO is intended to help students increase their grade point average, stay enrolled in college classes or transfer to a four-year college or university.

What is TRIO?

TRIO is a series of programs established by Congress under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to help students overcome the financial, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

What Services Are Available?

  • Computer labs with Internet access
  • Tutoring
  • Assistance with the transfer process
  • Workshops on career development, study skills and test-taking strategies
  • Laptop computer loans
  • Calculator loans
  • Textbook loans
  • College visits
  • Cultural experiences
  • Career information resources
  • Scholarship search assistance 

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible for assistance through Student Support Services if any of the following statements describes you or your situation:

  • You are a first-generation student. Your parents or guardians have not received a four-year bachelor's degree.
  • You receive financial aid. If you are eligible for a Pell Grant, you may fit the eligible income level.
  • You plan to transfer to a four-year college or university when you graduate from SWIC.
  • You believe you would benefit from extra support, such as tutoring, to succeed in college.
  • You have a documented disability.

To Apply

Print and fill out the pre-application form. Then bring the completed form to Room 420 at the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus or mail a copy to the address on the form.

Contact Us

For more information, contact the SWGCC Student Support Services Program Office at 618-931-0600, ext. 7443, or toll free at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 7443; or contact Student Support Services Program Director Katherine A. McNair at