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TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)

TRIO program office of Kirkwood Community College. Student Support Services

About TRIO Student Support Services

What is TRIO?

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federal grant program funded through the U.S. Department of Education. By participating, you will gain access to services and opportunities individualized to meet your needs.

The TRIO Student Support Services program staff is committed to student success from enrollment to graduation leading to work or to transfer. The goal of Kirkwood's TRIO program is to promote academic and personal success of all participants through ongoing support.

What TRIO Programs are available to Kirkwood Community College students?

Kirkwood has two TRIO Student Support Services programs:

  • TRIO Student Support Services - Traditional serves students on the Cedar Rapids campus who are first generations students, low income, and/or have a documented disability. TRIO-Traditional is funded to serve 175 students per academic year.
  • TRIO Student Support Services - ESL serves students on the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City campuses who identify as ESL (have a first language that is not English) and are first generation, low income, and/or have a documented disability. TRIO - ESL is funded to serve 140 students per academic year.

Program Benefits

TRIO SSS participants are eligible for the following services:

  • Academic coaching 
  • Career exploration
  • Financial aid guidance, including help with the FAFSA process, scholarship applications and financial literacy workshops
  • Highly-trained Academic Support Specialists who work one-on-one with students for optimal learning
  • Transfer planning, including assistance with the application process, and college and university visits to enable a smooth transition
  • Referrals to campus and community services