Student Support Services/TRiO

Student Support Services/TRiO is a federally funded program, established by the Higher Education Act of 1965. SSS/TRiO helps eligible students remain in college, graduate, and transfer to a four-year institution for further education, if interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Students must meet at least one of the eligibility criteria to receive services. All services are provided free of charge to TRiO SSS participants and include

  • academic tutoring;
  • advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection;
  • information on student financial aid programs and scholarships;
  • assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid;
  • education services designed to improve the financial literacy;
  • activities to assist students enrolled in two-year institutions of higher education in applying for admission to and obtaining financial assistance for enrollment in a four-year program of postsecondary education;
  • individualized advising for personal, career, and academic matters; and,
  • information, activities, and instruction designed to acquaint students with the range of career options available to students.


  • Student must be enrolled in an associate degree program (AA, AS, AAS) at SFSC.
  • Student must also be a U.S. citizen or be eligible for federal financial aid.
  • Student must meet at least one of the following three criteria:
    • Low income (according to Federal Government guidelines based on taxable income)
    • First generation college students (meaning that neither parent/guardian has a bachelor’s degree)
    • Documented disability

Application Process

Students must complete an SSS/TRiO application or obtain one from the SSS/TRiO Office. Applications must be submitted as soon as possible as space is limited to 160 participants. Any student may be accepted into SSS/TRiO, regardless of age or year in school.

  • If the student is determined to be eligible for the program, an interview is scheduled with SSS/TRiO. Students must bring proof of identity, income, and citizenship to the interview.  If the student has applied for admission based on a disability, he or she must bring documented proof of their disability.
  • After the interview, the student are notified about her or his acceptance status into the program by mail. Accepted students are assigned an advisor and can begin using SSS/TRiO services immediately.


Students who are enrolled in SSS/TRiO receive services at no cost. We are here to provide each student in the program with the tools and resources that they will need to graduate and/or transfer from SFSC.


SSS/TRiO is located on the first floor of Building Y (library) in Room 102 on the Highlands campus at 600 W. College Drive, Avon Park, FL 33825.