TRiO Student Support Services

Our Mission
The mission of the TRiO/Student Support Services program is to provide underrepresented student populations with the added support mechanisms needed to meet the challenges of higher education. Through the development of academic and personal skills, the program focuses on increasing student retention and promoting degree completion.
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TRiO eligibility is determined by federal regulations. To qualify, a student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree)
  • Have a limited income (according to federal guidelines)
  • Have a documented disability

Interested in applying for Columbia State’s TRiO Program?

To apply for the TRiO Student Support Services, submit a completed TRiO application. Then schedule an appointment to meet with the director or adviser, who will determine eligibility and work with you to develop an educational success plan.

Services Provided

  • Academic Coaching
  • Career Exploration
  • College and University Visits
  • Cultural and Social Engagement Events
  • Financial Literacy
  • Assistance with FAFSA
  • Registration Assistance
  • Student Success Lunch and Learns
  • Transfer Support
  • Tutoring Services
  • Summer Bridge

Scan code to complete TRiO application.


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The Federal TRiO Programs (TRiO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs. The goal of Student Support Services (SSS) is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants.


Wynn Gooch
Director, TRIO Student Support Services
Columbia Campus, JSC 147
Heather Bonner
Academic Success Coach, TRIO Student Support Services