TRIO Student Support Services
~ Providing Support for a Successful College Experience ~
TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is part of the Student Affairs Division at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC). The program assists students in adjusting to the college environment and helps them prepare for the transition either from college into a 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.
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.
Students who have not yet earned an Associate’s degree or higher; 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 eligible for participation if they 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:
- 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.
- Schedule an intake interview with a TRIO SSS Counselor.
- Set-up a final interview with the program's Director.
A decision on a student's application will be made within three weeks after their final interview.
Location and Contact Information
The program is located in The Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons (B19), Suite 266, and is open Monday–Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m, and Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 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.