The U.S. Department of Education will provide Tarrant County College (TCC) with nearly $3 million over the next five years to support two TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) programs. Each year, grant-funded services will support low-income, first-generation TCC students and TCC students with disabilities at TCC South and TCC Trinity River. Programs will provide tutoring, financial aid advice, career and college mentoring, help in choosing courses and other support services to ensure participants earn a degree on time and with the lowest possible amount of student debt. The SSS program was created in 1968 via the Higher Education Act.
TCC South has hosted the SSS Program continuously since 1997, serving more than 4,000 low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities to date. The 23-year-old SSS Program at TCC South was renewed for an additional five years and will continue serving eligible students annually. Both programs are accepting applications.
The renewal and expansion of SSS programs at TCC exemplifies the College’s commitment to ensure students from disadvantaged backgrounds have the support they need to succeed in college despite the immense challenges they face, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis is hitting first-generation, low-income students and students with disabilities particularly hard.
“These federal grants will enable TCC to focus even more critical resources on helping students achieve their educational goals, further underscoring our commitment to being a student-ready college,” said TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini. “We are here to support our students, ensuring they graduate with a TCC degree or certificate and enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution.”
To learn more about TRIO SSS at TCC, including how to apply for participation, visit https://www.tccd.edu/academics/support-programs/trio/ or call 817-515-4260.