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Student Support Services TRiO Program


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Call the SSS-TRIO front desk @ 760.355.6379 for additional information if needed.

The Student Support Services TRiO Program, also known as SSS, is one of three original Federal TRiO Programs (Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Services) which have been authorized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1968. This Federal TRiO Program has grown to eight distinct programs across the country, which all share a common goal: increasing the enrollment in and completion of college for students from low-income, first generation, and disability backgrounds. Since 1975, SSS-TRiO at Imperial Valley College has demonstrated these exact goals. Our services are patterned after the best practices in student retention and success, and thus reflect this goal. The Program faculty/staff, most of whom share the same background as you – are committed to this common goal and to serving its students at IVC.


  • Priority Registration (Group 3)
  • New Student Orientation
  • Academic & Personal Counseling
  • Career / Professional Exploration ·
  • Academic Monitoring
  • Computer Lab Access
  • Supplies (i.e., Scantrons, Blue Books, Pencils)
  • Transfer Advising and Preparation
  • Workshops
  • Tutoring Referrals
  • Annual Recognition Ceremony



Program Eligibility

In order to qualify for the SSS-TRiO Program, the following criteria must be met:

  • Enrolled in at least 9 units at Imperial Valley College at the time of submitting an application.
  • Commitment to be enrolled in 12+ units in FALL and SPRING semesters.


Must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college student (neither parent/guardian completed a 4-year degree in the U.S.)
  • Low-income (determined via approved financial aid eligibility through FAFSA)
  • Have a verified disability (documentation required)


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