Student Affairs

TRiO Student Support Services

"Supporting Student Success"

What is TRiO? 

TRiO at Green River College is a federally funded program that provides academic support services to eligible participants. Eligible TRiO participants are intent on obtaining an Associate's Degree and transferring to a 4-year college.

TRiO offers these free services to participants-

  • Personalized educational planning
  • Transfer advising
  • Major choice and career advising
  • Tutoring for specified courses
  • Visits to local 4-year colleges
  • Scholarship and financial aid resources
  • TRiO computer lab
  • Textbook and calculator lending library

You may be eligible for TRiO if you are a Green River College student who is-

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Pursuing a transfer degree with intent to transfer to a 4-year school after Green River College graduation
  • Currently enrolled in 10 or more credits (at least 5 at college level)

You also must meet at least ONE of the following criteria to be considered for eligibility-

  • Be a first generation college student (neither parent holds a bachelor's degree)
  • Meet low-income federal guidelines
  • Have a documented disability

(Students who have previously completed a college degree are not eligible for TRiO)

Visit the TRiO office located in the Lindbloom Center, Room 273 to turn in a TRiO application. We are here to answer any of your questions about the TRiO Program at Green River College.




TRiO Student Support Services increases opportunities for academic success for first-generation and/or low-income students and students with disabilities. Our program does this by actively providing comprehensive academic support services and encouragement to our participants. Our overarching goal is to increase graduation and baccalaureate transfer rates for our students and to foster a climate supportive of the success of SSS-eligible students.

Student Testimonials

Ian Henderson

Transfer School: University of Washington Tacoma   The challenges I had to face while at Green River College is that I had dropped out of high school in order to help pay the bills in my family.  I faced homelessness and uncertainty about where I would be sleeping each night.  My father also passed away in my final quarter at Green River, as I was finishing up the most work intensive quarters I have ever faced. But, I did not give up. The TRiO staff helped me to figure out my educational plan.  They have been a compass I am grateful for.  TRiO has always been to me a place of refuge from the cold, and at times, impersonal educational landscape.  The people here care for you and want to see you succeed, they are willing to help in any way they can. I have been able to scout universities, get scholarships and figure out my educational future because of TRiO.  This has been incredibly helpful for getting what I need, when I need it so I can focus on school work and not spend too much time working about being able to continue with school.

Sokhen Serey

Transfer School: University of Washington Tacoma   What barriers/challenges have you overcome in pursing your degree? Overcoming language and financial barriers has been a challenge for me.  I still struggle with both.  Before TRiO I didn't have anywhere to go to ask questions and get answers. Now I do.    What first brought you to TRiO? I heard a speaker in one of my classes talk about TRiO and it was, "wow," this program is for me.  I am the first in my family to go to school, I have no money and I need help.  They were helpful and nice to me.    What has your experience in TRiO been like? I've gotten guidance and answers from everyone in TRiO.  TRiO helped me pick courses and decide on a degree.  TRiO provided textbooks, tutors and a place to go for help and support in transferring to a 4-year school.    What would you recommend to other students? Don't wait until you are in trouble to ask for help.  TRiO staff won't judge you and only wants to help you get your life straightened out.    

Maria Sagahan

Transfer School: University of Washington Tacoma   What barriers/challenges have you overcome in pursing your degree? Finances were a large barrier for me in completing school.  TRiO helped explain what resources were available and how to access them.  I feel like I have a safe to come and share what is going on with me-without being judged and always being supported.    What has been the most helpful part of being in TRiO? The mere existence of TRiO has been helpful-knowing that I have one place to come to ask questions.  I don't have to jump around to multiple departments to get answers.  TRiO touches upon everything- career advising, advising, tutoring and help with financial aid.

Conrad Webster

Transfer School: Seattle University   I am the first person in my family to not only finish high school but also to attend college.  I utilized all the services TRiO had to offer, tutoring, book loan, advising and transfer support.  I learned new study habits and through my work with TRiO began to realize the importance of education and having life goals.  Their support and belief in me made a huge difference in my life and my success.

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TRiO Student Support Services, Main Office 253-833-9111 ext. 2655
Christine McMullin, Director 253-833-9111 ext. 2661
Annalee Dunn, Program Support Supervisor 253-833-9111 ext. 2726
Chelsie Taresh Ciscell, Transfer Specialist/Advisor 253-833-9111 ext. 2663