TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is one of the federally funded TRIO programs.  The program’s objectives are to:

  1. increase retention and graduation rates among eligible students;
  2. increase the transfer rate of eligible students from two-year to four-year institutions; 
  3. foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income and first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities; and
  4. improve the financial and economic literacy of students in areas such as basic personal income, household money management, financial planning skills and basic economic decision-making skills.

The mission of TRIO SSS is to have a positive impact on the educational success of 350 highly, motivated students through the delivery of personalized and dynamic services.  Students are selected to participate in the project based on the following criteria:

  • Qualification as a
    • low-income student as determined by the Federal Poverty Guidelines that are published annually
    • first-generation college student (neither of the student’s parents has earned a bachelor’s degree or higher)
    • student with a documented disability
    • high school diploma or GED recipient
    • U.S. citizen or U.S. national or meets the residency requirements for federal student financial assistance
    • student with a demonstrated academic need for assistance
    • student enrolled at Greenville Tech with a majority of classes on Greenville Tech’s Barton Campus
      • Initial date of college enrollment cannot exceed four years prior to the date of program application

Services Provided

The following services are available to all eligible participants at no cost:

  • Academic tutoring
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Financial and economic literacy training
  • College transfer assistance and campus visits
  • Career exploration
  • Exposure to cultural events not usually available to disadvantaged students
  • Mentoring programs
  • Grant aid

An application can be completed in the Engineering Technologies building (Bldg. 103), Rooms 309 or 314. For more information, please call the TRIO SSS staff at (864) 250-8432 or (864) 250-8482. Visit our web page at