TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO SSS program staff members work closely with participants as an educational partner to develop a strengths-based, future focused, individual plan of action which addresses the unique goals and needs of each student in the program.

Program services include:

  • Academic Success Coaching
  • Advice in course selections
  • Financial and Economic Literacy
  • Assistance with Graduate School Applications
  • Academic Skill Development
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Career Planning
  • Social and Cultural Events

Eligible students must be US citizens or meet residency requirements, be accepted or enrolled at Illinois College, demonstrate academic need and meet one of the following criteria: first generation college student (neither parent has a baccalaureate degree), income eligibility guidelines and/or have a documented disability.

The TRIO SSS program serves 140 participants each year. Students are encouraged to apply early in the academic year.

View and submit our online application today!

When compared to similarly qualified students who did not participate in the program, TRIO participants are more likely to:

  • Remain enrolled in college
  • Remain in good academic standing
  • Graduate within six years

For more information on the program, please contact:

Olivia Raya
Director of TRIO Student Support Services

217.245.3155 |


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*The TRIO Student Support Services Program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $272,364 per year.