TRiO Student Support Services

What Is TRiO Student Support Services?

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Student Support Services (SSS) is a program that is federally funded through the United States Department of Education. Student Support Services is one of eight TRiO programs designed to promote academic success. Kishwaukee’s Student Support Services program offers a variety of resources and services to help participants overcome barriers and have a successful college experience.

The primary goal of SSS is to increase college retention and graduation rates among program participants.

Who is eligible?

As a 100% federally funded program, there are criteria that students must meet in order to be served by the program. You are eligible to participate in SSS if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a first-generation college student (If neither of your parents, or parent you reside with, or legal guardian(s) did not receive a four-year college degree) or;
  • Qualify as a low-income student or;
  • Have a learning or physical disability evidencing academic need

In addition, students must:

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Kishwaukee College
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Student Support Services offer the following services to eligible program participants:

  • Personalized advising support: Participants will be assigned an advisor who will work with you until you complete your degree or certificate program. Advisors will also:
    • Help you customize a student success plan,
    • Provide course selection guidance,
    • Connect you to other valuable campus resources. 
  • Academic Tutoring: SSS offers individualized and group tutoring assistance exclusively for current program participants, absolutely free!
  • College visits: We encourage SSS participants to continue their education at a four-year college or university. To aide your transition, SSS staff will arrange college visits at least once per semester in order to allow participants to become familiar with various college environments.
  • Mentorship: Participants may qualify to be paired with a coach who will serve as a role model to help you navigate unfamiliar college processes and share practical tips and advice on how to be a successful college student.
  • SSS Grant Aid: Grant-aid scholarships are dispersed annually to a select number of active SSS participants who have an unmet financial need. Students must be receiving Federal Pell Grants to qualify for TRiO’s supplemental grant-aid funds.
    Career Exploration/Assessment & Job Shadowing: Explore career options related to your interest.
  • Learning communities: Join an engaging learning environment with fellow SSS participants.
  • Assistance applying for financial aid and help with your scholarship search.
  • Opportunity to attend a variety of student success workshops throughout the academic year.

How much does it cost?

The program is absolutely free to eligible program participants. However, your commitment, effort and motivation to succeed are required.

How to apply:

If you would like to be one of 140 students who receive individualized support through Student Support Services and you meet one of the eligibility requirements, please complete and electronically return the SSS Application to You can also complete, print, and sign the application and return it to the TRiO office C2123.

Contact information

Student Support Services Program
21193 Malta Road
Malta, IL 60178