TRiO - Student Support Service
Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRiO Program under the U.S. Department of Education. The program is focused toward students who have one or more of the following factors: first-generation, low-income or disabled.
The goal of the program is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next.
First Generation Student
Two-Thirds of the participants must be first-generation and low-income, or have a documented disability.
First-generation: as defined by the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO program, is a students whose parents have never earned a bachelor’s degree.
Low Income Student
One-third of the participants can be either first-generation, or low-income, or have a documented disability.
As defined by the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO program, is an individual whose family’s taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150% of the poverty level. Download TRIO Brochure (886 Kb PDF)
Application & Enrollment
1. Meet with the Student Support Services Director or Academic Advisor
2. Complete a Program Application form that includes information about:
Disability Verification if applicable
3. Complete the OJC Registration and Enrollment process
4. Complete the Accuplacer Exam to determine academic readiness.
- Financial Aid Assistance and Resources
- Tutorial Services – Individual, Group, or Drop-In Tutoring
- Workshops and cultural events – skills, budgeting, and museum tours, etc.
- Transfer tours – tours each semester to a four-year institution
- Equipment checkout – laptops, graphic calculators, and tape recorders
- Services provided free of charge to TRiO Student Support Services participants.
Three main objectives of the Student Support Services grant/program:
Persistence - attendance from one semester to another.
Good Academic Standing - maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
Graduation/Transfer - graduate and/or transfer to four-year school within four years.