TRIO Program - Student Support Services

Staying the Course with TRIO

Our goal is to remove barriers to success so you can get into college and stay until you graduate. Thanks to a TRIO grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education, we help high school students make a successful transition to college, and we offer many people who come from low-income families as first generation college students a greater chance at overcoming obstacles.

Services For College Students

Annually funded by the U.S. Department of Education as part of the TRIO program, the Student Support Services (SSS) Program at Greenville Technical College offers services designed to motivate students and assist them in obtaining a college degree.

Students who are enrolled at the Barton Campus and who meet one or more of the following criteria are eligible to participate in Student Support Services:

  • Low-income student, whose taxable income falls within 150% of the poverty level established by the Census Bureau
  • First-generation college student, which means that neither of the student’s parents have earned a bachelor’s degree
  • Student who has a verifiable learning or physical disability

In addition to meeting one or more of the criteria above, an applicant must:

  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Be able to demonstrate a “need for academic assistance”
  • Have earned fewer than 90 hours credit and does not have an associate or higher level degree

Interested in obtaining an application? Please stop by the TRIO SSS Office (TRC Building 102, Room 201).

Services For High School Students

Current high school students may benefit from the Upward Bound program, which allows students with demonstrated potential to visit area colleges, learn about admission, and get ready to succeed as a college student. Classes in math, science, reading, and other topics are held at Greenville Technical College to get you ready.

To qualify, you must meet these requirements:

  • Student's family must meet federal income requirements and/or
  • Neither parent shall have a four-year degree
  • Must be enrolled in one of the target schools
  • Must be in the ninth or 10th grade

Interested? Contact the Upward Bound office.


TRIO improves success. In fact, studies have shown that students who participate in Upward Bound are four times more likely to earn an undergraduate degree than those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in TRIO. Students who seek assistance from Student Support Services are more than twice as likely to remain in college than those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program.