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Pierce College TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is one of two TRIO programs in the EDI CARES department. TRIO Student Support Services provides holistic student services that promote the academic development and motivation needed for successful completion of post-secondary degree and transfer goals. We provide proactive advising, mentoring and coaching, as well as cultural and social events. Most of all, we offer a supportive family community of peers, staff and faculty, and leaders to help you succeed.

Annually, TRIO SSS provides holistic services to eligible students who identify as the first in their family to attend college (first generation), low income, and students with disabilities from diverse backgrounds that present an academic need for support. TRIO SSS goals are to increase the retention, graduation, and university transfer rate for all enrolled program students.  TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is one of the eight Department of Education TRIO grants that Pierce College first won in 2001 to serve the students at Fort Steilacoom. The TRIO SSS grant is on a five year funding cycle and last summer Pierce College won its 5th SSS grant in a row, ending now on August 31, 2025!

Learn more about the benefits of participating in TRIO SSS

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Who is eligible for TRIO SSS?

TRIO Student Support Services serves first generation college students, income eligible students, or students with a documented disability who present an academic need for additional support.

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Are you interested in applying for TRIO Student Support Services? Complete our EDI CARES interest form to receive more information about this and other EDI CARES programs.

EDI CARES Student Interest Form

If you have more questions about TRIO Student Support Services, we are here to help. Email TRIO@pierce.ctc.edu to get connected with program staff.