TRIO Program

Support for Your Goals

TRIO is a federally funded program through the Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

We provide services for degree-seeking students who are at least one of the following:

  • first-generation students (neither parent has a bachelor's degree)
  • low-income students
  • students with disabilities

If you feel you meet one of these requirements, please complete an application to the program.

The Student Support Services (SSS) program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.

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What We Do

Services provided by the program Include:

All of our services are free!

Our friendly staff can assist each individual with academic counseling, priority enrollment, tutoring, career counseling and personal counseling.

We provide Student Success Workshops every month as the semester schedule allows, cultural activities and trips. We also offer help with completing financial aid forms, including the FAFSA and FAFSA Online.

Upward Bound

This federal TRIO program hosted by the U.S. Department of Education targets low-income, first-generation high school students and helps prepare them for college. As an Upward Bound student, you can get help to improve your high school GPA, increase standardized test scores, boost self-esteem and apply to college.

  • Fall/Spring – Services include Saturday meetings at COM, tutoring at area high schools, social events, enhancement in English/math/science, career awareness, educational/cultural field trips, study skills tutoring, academic advisement, individual/group counseling, parental involvement and academic competition.
  • Summer – Services include a six-week academic institute at COM for students, which features a recreational component and intensive academic instruction in a simulated college environment.
  • To qualify for Upward Bound, you must be at least 14 years old and enrolled in ninth or 10th grade at Dickinson, Hitchcock or La Marque High Schools. You must also demonstrate academic potential, meet income guidelines and be a potential first-generation college student. If you meet these requirements, download the Upward Bound application and return the completed forms to the Upward Bound Office.

Upward Bound Application

To learn more, call us at 409-933-8525 or 1-888-258-8859, ext. 8525, or stop by the Upward Bound Office weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. We are located in the Student Center, Room 203B.

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