We are currently accepting applications for the academic year 2020-2021.

Students joining the TRIO SSS Program must be:
  • US Citizen or permanent resident
  • 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.


Email the following documents to

  1. Program Application
  2. Copy of the first two pages of - Your parents' 1040 2019 tax information (if under of 24 years-old) AND your 1040's 2019 tax information (if you filed taxes)   
    OR - Your 1040 2019 tax information (if over 24 years-old) 

Note: If you or your parents did not file taxes please complete the Student Income Verification Form instead.



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 Disable Student Programs & Services (DSPS) 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.