What is TRIO?

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The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

Cascade TRIO SSS Program Facts

  • Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they are interested! Please refer to our main page to learn more about qualifying to join.
  • The Program is funded to serve 140 students each year, from September 1 to August 31.
  • Students can be served by the Program for up to four years, and most TRIO students graduate in two or three years.
  • TRIO SSS is one of the most successful programs at PCC, with high rates of:
    • Students in Good Academic and Financial Aid Standing
    • Degree and/or Certificate completion
    • Persistence (staying in school)
    • High GPAs, earning students Honors List status (Honor Roll, Dean’s List, or President’s List) and eligibility for Phi Theta Kappa
  • Each year TRIO students are encouraged to apply for scholarships, and use the support resources of the Program to assist in completing the applications.
    • In the 2015-16 academic year, over $92,696 in scholarships were awarded to TRIO students.
    • During 2016-17, over $89,000 in scholarships were awarded to TRIO students. It was the second year in a row that a Cascade TRIO SSS student received the Ford Family Foundation Scholarship!
    • The total award amount for 2017-18 was over $31,000 – 19 students received various amounts for an average amount of over $1,600 per student.

TRIO Works because of the collaborative work done by:

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