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.

Download a TRIO SSS Brochure.

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.

What Do Students Have to Say About TRIO?

TRIO Student Support Services has only benefited my college experience since joining. Once I made the decision to enroll in college, the thought of help and motivation from others had not crossed my mind.  From receiving one on one care from staff or even the amazing college trips we took to learn more about prospective colleges, TRIO has definitely given me information as well as motivation that I will use even after college in order to push and better myself to flourish in both my personal life and career. - Justin H.

I love that SSS builds friendly relationships with you and helps you to succeed. - Holly W.

The impact TRIO has played on my education is not limited to academics. Yes, TRIO has lessened the burden to my wallet by loaning books, providing computer access, and tutoring assistance, but what made the most difference to me was the emotional and physical support I received during my second semester at Southwestern Illinois College. It is wonderful knowing that my future lies before me and it is up to me to choose my path. I intend to follow that path into the world of business technology.  - Ticia M.

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 Cyria Canessa at