We are currently recruiting eligible MJC students who want to join a support network towards obtaining a certificate, associate degree, and transfer to a 4-year university.
Students joining the TRIO SSS Program must be:
- First-generation college student (neither parent has completed a four-year college
degree) and/or low-income, according to guidelines established by the US Department of Education
(Income verification will be requested) and/or have a verified disability.
- Must transfer to a 4-year university
- Have less than 24 transferable units
- Minimum High School or College GPA of 2.00
- Accepted for new enrollment at Modesto Junior College or currently enrolled as a full-time student at MJC
*Successful applicants must demonstrate academic potential and personal motivation to transfer to a four-year college or university.
The online application consists of general information, short-response questions, and tax information. Interested in joining TRIO SSS? Click the link below to submit your application!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is SSS?
The Student Support Services Program (SSS) is a collegiate program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to promote student success, retention, graduation and transfer to a four-year institution, by providing innovative curricular and supportive services.
What does first-generation mean?
First-generation is defined as any student whose parents/legal guardians, have not graduated from a four-year institution of higher education.
How low-income defined?
Low-income status is based on the guidelines published annually by the U.S. Department of Education. The term “low-income individual” means an individual whose family’s taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.
How does a student "document' a disability?
Students provide medical and/or professional verification to our office. For more information and additional services visit the Accommodations and Support Center (ASC) in Student Services Building, Room 112.
Does TRIO SSS provide financial assistance for its participants?
SSS offers a Supplemental Grant Aid program, which is supplemental financial assistance available to SSS participants who qualify. All TRIO SSS students can applied after completing satisfactorily two semesters in the program. The qualifications are based upon financial need and the TRIO SSS agreement; therefore, not all of the applicants will qualify.