TRIO Student Support Services

~ Providing Support for a Successful College Experience ~

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is part of the Student & Multicultural Affairs Division at Springfield Technical Community College.  The program assists students in adjusting to the college environment and prepare for the transition either from college into career, or from STCC into a four-year college/university.  The purpose of TRIO SSS is to assist students in maintaining good academic standing, experience academic achievement, increase persistence and college graduation, and promote transfer to a four-year college/university after earning an Associate’s degree. The program offers supportive services to project participants and emphasizes the importance of ongoing contact throughout the students’ time at STCC. 

Services

TRIO SSS services include academic, career and transfer advising; career assessment, planning and guidance; assistance in course selection, registration, and completing FAFSA, financial aid and scholarship applications; study skills support, academic tutoring, skill development workshops, and specialized college success seminars; orientations and referrals to non-academic resources.  The program also provides students with software codes required for various math classes (e.g. My Math Lab, My Stats Lab, etc.), a limited number of TRIO SSS Grant Aid scholarship awards, and limited part-time employment opportunities for STCC students.

Eligibility

Students must meet certain eligibility guidelines set up by the US Department of Education to participate in TRIO SSS.  Eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program.  Students who are either first-generation college (neither parent has received a bachelor’s degree); have a financial need (as determined by individual or family taxable income); and/or have a documented disability are all eligible if they have not earned an Associate’s degree and meet these requirements:

  • A U.S. citizen, permanent resident or meet the residency requirements to receive federal student financial aid
  • Currently enrolled at STCC (students are encouraged to apply for TRIO SSS upon acceptance to STCC)
  • Have a need for academic support to successfully graduate
How To Apply

Students interested in participating in the TRIO SSS program should:

  • Print out, complete and submit the Participation Application to the TRIO SSS Office
  • Sit down with the program’s Administrative Assistant or Peer Advisor to complete the STCC Student Intake Form
  • Make an appointment with a TRIO SSS Advisor to complete the last two-pages of the application
  • Set-up a final interview with the program’s Director

Students will receive notification within three weeks after their final interview.

Location and Contact Information

The program is located in Building 27, Room 208, and is open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The office phone number is (413) 755-4718

Applications can either be dropped off to the Student Support Services office or mailed to:

Springfield Technical Community College
Attn: TRIO SSS
One Armory Square
Springfield, MA 01102

Students interested in working with the program as a part-time Peer Tutor, or Work-study student, should contact the program office to get more information on these positions.