August 27, 2009

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The Student Support Services (SSS) program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The SSS program may also provide grant aid to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.
What is TRIO?
Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.

In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These Programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.
Who is Served
As mandated by Congress, two-thirds of the students served must come from families with incomes under $24,000, where neither parent graduated from college. Over 1,900 TRIO Programs currently serve nearly 700,000 low-income Americans between the ages of 11 and 27. Many programs serve students in grades six through 12. Thirty-nine percent of TRIO students are White, 36 percent are African-American, 16 percent are Hispanic, 5 percent are Native American and 4 percent are Asian-American. Sixteen thousand TRIO students are disabled.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Low income and/or first generation college students          

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident 

  • Disabled students can qualify if they are low income

  • Interested in transferring to a four-year institution                          

  • Should have academic need and a GPA of 2.0 or higher            

  • Must be educationally disadvantaged according to federal guidelines

Contact Information
Los Angeles City College TRIO/SSS
855 N. Vermont Ave. CH 116
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Office Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 9:00 am - 6:30 pm PST
Fri: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm PST
Phone: 323-953-4000 ext. 2466
Fax: 323-953-4013
Support Staff:
Director's E-Mail:
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