WELCOME to the TRiO Student Support Services website!

The SSS/TRIO Program provides online and in person course selection, personal & career counseling, and scholarship recources. Our program also provides student support and priority registration for SSS/TRIO students.  The SSS/TRIO staff also provide financial aid, scholarships and financial literacy online workshops. The program hosts bilingual parent  workshops to further assist parents in understanding the community college process. SSS/TRIO provides a welcoming environment at the SSS/TRIO hub D114 on main campus. Most important of all, the SSS/TRIO program will provide a guided pathway to success for you!

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Our Primary Services include:

  • Pro-active Counseling
  • First Year Experience Curriculum
  • University Transfer, Scholarship and Financial Aid/FAFSA Completion
  • TRIO workshops on Educational Planning, Career Planning, Financial Literacy, Financial Aid and Scholarships

Our Secondary Services include:

  • The TRIO Study Center and TRIO Study Rooms
  • Technology Access, Textbook Lending Library
  • Visits to State Universities
  • Cultural & Campus Activities
  • Assistance in applying for Financial Aid (FAFSA) and Scholarship Aid.


The History of the  Hartnell College TRIO Student Support Services Program
The TRIO Student Support Services Program at Hartnell College is a student retention program that serves 300 TRIO students. Our TRIO Student Support Services Program started in 2005 and as of 2023, we have graduated and/or transferred the majority of our TRiO students!

TRIO is funded by the US Department of Education and the history of the Federal TRIO programs dates back to the 1960's. The mission of the TRIO Program as given to the TRiO staff by President Obama, is to provide supportive educational services that will help low income and first generation students acquire a university and/or community college degree. President Obama wanted to increase the college graduation rate within the United States and the President is especially focused on increasing community college graduation rates.

The TRIO at Hartnell College is designed as a student support program to assist our TRiO students to attain their Associate of Arts degree and then transfer to a university to attain their bachelors degree.  The TRIO program provides needed academic support and “PRO-ACTIVE” student services to our students. By INTRUSIVE student services, we mean that we actively motivate our students to come into the TRIO office to meet with the TRIO counselors, meet with the TRIO tutors, attending TRIO workshops on Educational Planning, Career Planning, Financial Literacy, Financial Aid and Scholarships, attend fieldtrips to state universities, and attend cultural events.

If you are a Hartnell College student and you are seeking additional services to help you reach your educational goal we encourage you to apply in mid March! If you have any questions please contact us by phone at 831-759-6013 or trio@hartnell.edu and TRIO staff will reach out to you.

We welcome you and encourage you to browse through our TRIO website to learn more about our wonderful TRIO program!