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TRiO/SSS located on the Dallas Campus in the
Robinson Classroom Building, Room 239

Spring Office Hours:

Monday -Thursday:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



 What is TRiO/SSS?

      Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally-funded TRiO program that helps undergraduates meet the rigors of higher education, graduate from Gaston College, and/or transfer to a four-year institution. The program is designed for students that may experience challenges at Gaston College. These challenges can be alleviated with the use of student support services.                                                                                   
      The TRIO/Student Support Services program offers a community where students can enjoy each other’s support both personally and academically. Service projects are organized and fulfilled by TRiO Students. TRiO students contribute ideas, organize, and participate in various cultural events throughout the year. Open House, and other social gatherings are led by our own students. The encouragement shared within the TRiO community will help others while gaining success in your own academic career.

Who is eligible?

Participation in the program is completely voluntary and available to students interested in achieving their academic goals of graduating or transferring within four years of entering the program. 
Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and enrolled in Gaston College.  Students must demonstrate a need for academic support and meet at least one of the following federally defined criteria:
Acceptance into the program is based on an application process, where only 140 students can be accepted.                                                                           


Provided Services

Academic Advising
Upon acceptance into the program, each student is assigned an advisor, which the student will meet with periodically.  The advisor will work closely with the student and monitor the students’ academic progress throughout their academic career at GC.

Financial Literacy
TRiO offers an array of Financial Literacy workshops geared towards assisting students in securing the maximum amounts of financial aid.  Workshops are also geared towards helping students maximize their personal wealth.

Transfer Planning
Once a student earns their degree, TRiO fully promotes students transferring to a four-year college or university.  Through assessments, students can explore career interests, personality traits and learning styles.   Advisors provide assistance in completing admissions applications and arrange college visits to various colleges and universities. 

Struggling with classes?  Students can apply for tutoring services in the Learning Center through the TRiO program.  Tutoring is available at no charge to all students enrolled in curriculum courses.  Students who have made an “A” in a certain subject may be hired on to tutor that particular subject.

Volunteer and Community Involvement
The students in TRiO offer a variety of community outreach opportunities each year.  This is a dynamic aspect of the TRiO Program, students are encouraged to lead and engage in one or more community service projects.  Participation in community projects is an essential element of an individual’s academic journey. Current initiatives supported by the TRiO Program include:

  • No-Cost Yard Sale

  • Food Bank

Cultural and Social Events
TRiO students are privileged to take part in a variety of trips and activities each semester for free or at a minimum cost.

Connections and Referral Services to Outside Agencies
Referrals to other college offices, as well as community agencies, will be made to help students meet personal, academic and financial needs.



*The term "low-income" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount. For more info please click here.

** Neither parents/gaurdians have a bachelor's degree

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