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TRiO Student Support Services

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About TRiO

The mission of the TRiO Student Support Services and TRiO Support Services/ESL programs is to encourage and assist traditionally underrepresented students in preparation for the completion of a college education. SSS/ESL also supports eligible students whose second language is English and who are enrolled in mainstream college classes. These programs support current ECC students.


  • Career exploration and assessment.
  • Tutorial support and services.
  • Financial and economic literacy.
  • Assistance with college applications and transfer.
  • Visits to four-year institutions.
  • Various workshops.
  • Leadership development activities.
  • Cultural and social events.
  • Referral to college and community support services.
  • Computer and study lounge access at TRiO offices.

Program Eligibility

TRiO services are available to individuals who:

  1. Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  2. Are registered ECC students.
  3. Meet one or more of the following requirements:
    • First-generation college student (neither parent(s)/legal guardian(s) graduated from a four-year college or university in the U.S.).
    • Demonstrated financial need.
    • Documented learning or physical disability(ies).
    • English as a Second Language.

To apply for the program, complete the following applications.

TRiO Student Support Services at Elgin Community College


TRiO Offices

Building B, Room B155

Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

*Appointments are strongly encouraged.