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TRIO Student Support Services

The mission of TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Programs at Aims is to equip historically underrepresented student populations with skills, experiences, and academic practices to assist them in achieving their educational goals through graduation in order to become strong contributing members of society. 

About TRIO SSS

TRIO SSS is one of eight federally funded programs designed to provide services and assistance to low-income individuals, first-generation college students* and students with disabilities to maximize their educational opportunities. 

TRIO SSS Grants are awarded to higher education institutions like Aims in order to offer free academic services to eligible participants. As a federally-funded program, all SSS projects are required to provide the TRIO services outlined by the U.S. Department of Education to help students successfully complete their postsecondary education.

*TRIO Services are provided to students at all campuses, but the main TRIO office is located on the Greeley Campus.

  • Download the TRIO SSS Application

    After you have filled out the application, please turn it into the TRIO office in College Center 220 on the Greeley Campus* or email it to triosss@aims.edu. If eligible, you will be contacted to meet with an advisor for an informal program interview.

    Complete the Application

TRIO Benefits

Both TRIO SSS (Classic and STEM) programs offer benefits and support to historically underrepresented students. TRIO SSS works side by side with eligible students to aid them in successfully reaching their academic, transfer and/or career goals.

Benefits and services for those who qualify and are accepted include:

  • Major and career exploration
  • Individualized academic advising, coaching and tutoring
  • Graduation and career planning support
  • Four-year college transfer preparation and planning
  • Economic literacy and financial wellness education
  • Support and connections to financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • Campus and community leadership opportunities
  • Cultural and civic engagement opportunities
  • Student development workshops

TRIO SSS also works to aid students in building connections across campus adding to a sense of belonging, inclusion, and community.

Students who successfully complete one semester in the TRIO SSS Classic or STEM program may be eligible to receive federal grant aid funds to assist with the cost of attending Aims Community College.

TRIO Programs at Aims

Aims Community College offers two TRIO SSS programs at all campuses.

TRIO SSS Classic is for students pursuing a wide variety of degrees and certificates at Aims Community College. TRIO SSS STEM is for students pursuing a STEM-related career path. More information as well as eligibility and participation requirements for each program can be found below.

The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Classic Program focuses on actively supporting eligible students at Aims who are pursuing a wide variety of degrees and certificates at Aims Community College.

TRIO Classic provides academic services, cultural enrichment experiences, and transfer and career readiness activities. 

TRIO SSS Classic Eligibility Requirements

TRIO Student Support Services-Classic program eligibility for participation is determined by the Department of Education. To be eligible, students must:

  • Be accepted to, or enrolled at, Aims Community College (with a 2.0 or higher GPA and in good academic standing)
  • Demonstrate a need for academic support (such as requiring further academic advising, career planning, tutoring, writing assistance, etc.)
  • Identify in one or more of the following groups:
    • financially limited according to federal guidelines
    • a first-generation college student* (neither parent received an Associate’s or a Bachelor's degree before the student turned 18 years of age)
    • Have a documented disability
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

TRIO Classic SSS Participation Requirements

Students who are accepted into the program are expected to fulfill the following participation requirements:

  • Must be enrolled and attend classes at Aims
  • Must attend a minimum of two advising sessions per semester with assigned Academic Advisor
  • Must complete financial wellness requirements
  • Must complete a minimum of two of the following (students MUST sign-in to receive credit for services): Workshops, Writers' Community, TRIO SSS sponsored workshops, transfer initiatives, tutoring, cultural immersion, etc. See your advisor for details and additional opportunities for activities.

 

Apply to TRIO SSS Classic

To apply, complete and submit a TRIO SSS application and email it to triosss@aims.edu or turn it into the TRIO office in College Center 220 on the Greeley campus. If eligible, you will be contacted to meet with an advisor for an informal program interview.

The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) STEM program is dedicated to providing academic support, resources and opportunities to participants who are looking to pursue an academic and/or career path in the field(s) of science, technology, engineering, math or health sciences. 

The program fosters a proactive approach to exposing participants to, and giving them experiences within, the STEM industry. In addition to the services provided to all TRIO SSS participants, SSS STEM provides the opportunity to engage in STEM in Action as well as leadership and social justice programming.

TRIO SSS STEM Eligibility Requirements

TRIO SSS STEM program eligibility for participation is determined by the Department of Education. To be eligible, students must:

  • Accepted to, or currently enrolled at, Aims Community College (with a 2.0 or higher GPA and in good academic standing)
  • Demonstrate a need for academic support (such as requiring further STEM academic advising, career planning, tutoring, writing assistance, etc.)
  • Identify with one or more of the following groups:
    • Financially limited according to federal guidelines
    • First-generation college student* (neither parent has received a bachelor's degree)
    • Have a documented disability
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

TRIO SSS STEM Participation Requirements

Students who are accepted into the program are expected to fulfill the following participation requirements:

  • Must be enrolled and attend classes at Aims
  • Must meet with a STEM academic advisor three times throughout the semester and have two other contacts with the advisor.
  • Must complete financial wellness requirements
  • Must complete a minimum of two of the following (students MUST sign in to receive credit for services): Workshops, Writers' Community, TRIO SSS sponsored workshops; transfer initiatives, tutoring, cultural immersion, etc. See your advisor for details and additional opportunities for activities.

Apply to TRIO SSS STEM

To apply, complete and submit a TRIO SSS application and email it to triosss@aims.edu or turn it into the TRIO office in College Center 220 on the Greeley campus. If eligible, you will be contacted to meet with an advisor for an informal program interview

*A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree (graduated from a 4-year institution). Even if a sibling has attended a 4-year college and received a bachelor’s degree, you would still be considered first-generation.

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TRIO Staff

Aims TRIO staff are dedicated to equipping historically underrepresented student populations with the skills, experiences, and practices needed for academic success.