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Student Support Services | TRIO

What is TRIO?

TRIO is a federally funded grant program designed to help Seward County Community College students succeed. SSS provides 160 students with services geared towards ensuring that they not only graduate from SCCC but are prepared to continue their education at a four-year institution. The SSS-TRIO staff works in collaboration with other SCCC staff, faculty, and administrators to provide a solid foundation of support.


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment at SCCC.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or National of the United States or meet the residency requirements for federal student financial assistance (FAFSA).
  • You must demonstrate academic need AND have at least one of the following apply to you:
    • You are a first-generation college student (neither parent nor guardian has a bachelor’s degree)
    • You have a demonstrated economic need (as defined by federal guidelines)
    • You have a documented physical or learning disability.

TRIO Staff

Joel Figgs
Director of Student Support Services
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Echo Garcia
SSS Program Coordinator
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Yesse Cano
SSS Education Specialist
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Maria Magdalena Lopez
SSS Academic & Career Advisor

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Federal TRIO programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Initially, there were three such federally-funded grant programs born out of the Higher Education Act of 1965—thus, the name TRIO. TRIO programs now include Educational Opportunity Centers, Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement programs, Student Support Services, Talent Search programs, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math & Science, and Veterans Upward Bound.

No. TRIO is a federally funded grant program. Click here to find a complete list of SCCC clubs and organizations.

TRIO offers numerous services including academic advisement, financial literacy such as FAFSA and scholarship assistance, career opportunities such as job shadowing and career assessments, professional tutoring, and transfer assistance.

Once you are in TRIO, you are always in TRIO. As long as you honor your commitment to the program or graduate, you do not need to reapply each year. This also means you cannot “quit” TRIO.

TRIO does offer a few scholarships to our active 2nd semester freshmen & sophomore students. You need to be receiving a Pell Grant, have unmet need remaining, and be active in the TRIO program. Being “active” means seeing your advisor regularly, coming in for tutoring, and participating in workshops, cultural events, and transfer visits. However, based upon federally determined requirements, only a small percentage (usually about 10%) of participants qualify for this service. Therefore, students seeking only financial assistance from the program are not encouraged to apply. SSS does not offer anything known as a first-generation or beginning freshman scholarship.

All TRIO students must see their TRIO advisor before they can enroll for the upcoming semester so we can ensure you are following your degree plan.

Our Education Specialist can help you with any paper that you need to write–not just English papers. Remember, you can always drop in, but if you want to make sure you get help, make an appointment.

No, but you may have to wait if you don’t schedule a time.

Interested in joining TRIO?

Stop by our office (A134) in the Hobble Academic Building for more information or complete and send in the application below. Applications must be submitted in-person or via mail. If by mail, please send the application to:

PO Box 1137
Liberal, KS 67905

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