Student Services

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO SSS Applications for 2022-23 Open in September

Watch the above video message from Dr. Kristen L. Anderson, TRIO SSS program director, which explains the unique benefits of these free student services and how you can take advantage of them.

What is TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)?

Through TRIO SSS, you will have access to expanded student support services to aid in navigating your associate or certificate program designed to transfer to a four-year bachelor’s degree program or go directly into the workforce. With support from the TRIO SSS staff, you will not only have access to valuable resources, but also build community as you navigate your individualized college experience. For more information about TRIO SSS visit:

What are TRIO SSS benefits?

TRIO SSS program benefits include access to the following:

  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Individualized academic and career advising
  • Financial aid information and assistance
  • Financial literacy and planning
  • Mentoring
  • Referral to campus and community resources
  • Tutoring
  • Workshops
  • University tours and transfer assistance
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • And more!

Am I eligible?

You are eligible to apply for the TRIO SSS program if you:

  • Are an SCF degree-seeking student
  • Are a citizen or national of the U.S. or meet the residency requirements for federal student financial assistance
  • Have earned 45 credits or less

And, meet one of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college student (neither parent having earned a bachelor’s degree) and/or
  • Low-income college student based on the U.S. Department of Education guidelines and/or
  • Have a documented disability

TRIO Student Support Services Program Application

Application Packet

Download this program application form to get started. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Apply For TRIO

If You Qualify

Upon application approval, the TRIO SSS program director and coordinator will invite qualified applicants to a personal interview.

Program Requirements

Accepted students must adhere to the following commitments:

  • Meet with an advisor twice each semester
  • Take a placement test as required by program staff
  • Attend orientation
  • Be pursuing a college credit certificate or associate degree

Questions? Contact:

Dr. Kristen L. Anderson, TRIO SSS program director at or 941-752-5257
Lordana Guillaume, TRIO SSS coordinator at or 941-752-5463

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Federal funds will finance 100% of the total costs of the program. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, race, religion, age, national origin/ethnicity, color, marital status, disability, genetic information or sexual orientation in any of its educational programs, services and activities, including admission and employment. Direct inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies to: Equity Officer, 941-752-5323, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207.

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