TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally-funded program that is designed to help students meet their educational goals, graduate from Gaston College, and/or transfer to a four-year institution. The program is open to first generation college students, students of low-income, or students with a documented disability that may experience challenges at Gaston College.


Support Criteria

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:

  • Low Income
  • First Generation
  • Documented Disability

Acceptance into the program is based on an application process, where only 140 students can be accepted. To apply, please stop by the TRiO Center to pick up a the application and speak with a TRiO Staff Member. You can also apply online. The TRiO Center is located in Robinson Classroom Building, Room 239.

For more information about TRiO Programs, please visit the Department of Education TRiO Home Page.

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