TRIO Student Success Center

Relax and hang out in our lounge area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join TRIO Student Success Center?

We serve FLC students whose parents don't have bachelor's degrees, students from low-income families, and students working with FLC's Disability Services office. A simple application helps us determine who qualifies. Our eligibility requirements are regulated by the U.S. Department of Education.

What if I don't qualify for TRIO?

We will refer you to other campus resources that can offer the support you are looking for.

What if TRIO is already full?

If we have reached our 200-student limit, we'll put you on the waitlist so you can join TRIO the following fall. Because TRIO students graduate or transfer from FLC, there are usually 60-70 openings each fall.

Does TRIO serve students in certain majors?

We serve students in any major.

Is my ethnicity a factor for joining TRIO?

Ethnicity is not a TRIO SSC eligibility factor.

Does TRIO have scholarships for students?

We have one financial award students can pursue: each semester, the Provost provides funds for 20 participants to receive $250. It is called the Student Achievement Award.

Talk to your TRIO person or read the requirements here.

Why are there so many different TRIO programs?

"TRIO" is the umbrella-name for several programs meant to serve individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. They started in the 1960's under President Johnson's War on Poverty.

Back then, there were only three types of programs--hence, the name TRIO.

Since then, several other programs emerged to serve additional populations, such as veterans, PhD students, adult learners, and students pursuing the STEM disciplines. 

So even though there are more than three programs currently, we kept the nationally-recognized and historic name TRIO.

There are programs like the TRIO Student Success Center at over 900 colleges and universities nationwide!

Read about the history of Federal TRIO programs

What TRIO programs are at Fort Lewis College?

Where is TRIO Student Success Center located?

The third floor of Reed Library. Take the stairs or elevator to the third floor; we are on the west side of the building.

Why do participants check in every two weeks?

Meeting at least once every two weeks allows us to offer you individualized and proactive support.

At each meeting, we check on your academic, financial, and individual worlds to help you identify and solve issues before they begin to affect your success. 

Meeting frequently also allows us to get to know you well. We value genuine and sustained conversations that grow rapport. We are often serve as job or graduate school references; the better we know you, the more we can help!

TRIO isn't about punitive reprimanding; we're about encouragement, education, and appreciating participants' indivuality! 

I'm already a TRIO participant; do I need to reapply each year?

If you are currently a participant with the TRIO Student Success Center at FLC, you don't need to reapply; you're in the program until you graduate from FLC.

If you are currently a participant in FLC's STEM3 program and want to transfer to our program (or vice-versa), we'll work with you and STEM3 on when the transfer can occur and obtaining your original program application materials. You may not have to reapply.

If you are a participant in FLC's Upward Bound or Talent Search program, you need to apply to our program.

If you are a particpant in a TRIO program at a different college, you need to apply to our program.

 

What is TRIO's mission?

To positively impact the retention and graduation rates of first-generation students, low income students, and students with disabilities.

We are dedicated to creating a campus community where students' individual goals are nurtured by providing support in an inclusive environment to achieve graduation and life success.

Read more about national TRIO programs.

What are TRIO's learning outcomes?

  1. You will receive support that promotes self-confidence and independence regarding the process of navigating higher education and completing your degree,
  2. You will be challenged to discover a passion for learning and develop a plan for obtaining your degree and pursuing a career, 
  3. You will build a connection to campus while being supported by a program that values their identity and development, and
  4. Upon graduation from FLC, you should feel you have strengthened your academic skills, life skills, soft skills (non-cognitive skills), and professional skills. 

We value our participants' feedback.

JESSIE KALEIKAU
TRIO has helped me with much more than staying in school; they have helped me thrive as a student and a person. They are always there to give me the tools I need.

JESSIE KALEIKAU
PSYCHOLOGY, '18