Student Affairs

TRiO Student Support Services

"Supporting Student Success"

TRiO Student Support Services increases opportunities for academic success for first generation, low income, and/or students with disabilities. It actively provides comprehensive academic support services and encouragement to eligible students. The 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.


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

  • A U.S. citizen, permanent resident or refugee pursuing your first associate degree and have demonstrated need for academic assistance (according to the Department of Education Guidelines)
  • Pursuing a transfer degree with intent to transfer to a 4-year school after Green River College graduation (students pursuing a professional technical program are not eligible, however, you may be eligible for WorkForce Education
  • 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)

How to Apply

  • Complete the program application form and return to Student Affairs, Room 273
  • Schedule an orientation appointment with one of our educational planners/advisor


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

For more information, please visit the TRiO office. We are here to answer any of your questions about the TRiO Program at Green River College.




TRiO began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty in 1965. Talent Search was the second outreach program, created in 1965, as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968 Student Support Services was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960's the term "TRiO" was coined to describe these three federal programs.

Over the years, the TRiO programs have been expanded to improve a wider range of services and to outreach to more students who need assistance. There are now eight U.S. federal outreach services programs that increase access to higher education for low income, first generation and student with disabilities. These 8 programs are:

Please visit the Department of Education TRiO Programs for more information.


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

"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. I first heard of TRiO during one of my classes and my first thought 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. 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. I recommend other student not to 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  

"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 place to come and share what is going on with me, without being judged and always being supported. 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."


Download a copy of TRiO's Winter Quarter at a Glace (PDF).

For detailed information on important deadlines, please check the academic calendar.

For information on upcoming workshops and other student led events, please visit our TRiO Facebook page.


Hours of Operation

Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you.

TRiO SSS Main Office 253-833-9111 ext. 2655
Liliana Godinez, Director 253-833-9111 ext. 2561
Annalee Dunn, Program Support Supervisor 253-833-9111 ext. 2726
Chelsie Taresh Ciscell, Transfer Specialist/Advisor 253-833-9111 ext. 2663