TRiO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services staff will be working remotely starting Wednesday, March 18th until further notice. We will continue to provide updates on our website.  Students can contact their advisor via email. Advising appointments (phone or Google Hangouts Meet) can be made through our online scheduler. All other questions, please email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  


What is TRIO?

Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, and ethnic background or economic circumstance. In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRiO Programs (initially just 3 programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRiO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

Student of the Month: Arisbeth Garcia

Hello, my name is Arisbeth Garcia, I am Mexican-American. I was born and raised in Oregon. I graduated from Century High school back in 2015. My parents always told me to get an education so that I could have a better future. My journey began at Portland Community College, where I was a part of Future Connect. Future Connect is a scholarship program that helped guide me through my years at Portland Community College. During my second year of college, I had the opportunity to study abroad. I applied to Portland State and was dual enrolled with Portland Community College. I studied abroad with a program called Carpe Mundi and earned university credit. I was abroad for two months in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. This was one of the best times of my life and I will always cherish that experience. I finished my third year of college at Portland community College where I obtained an Associates of Arts. I then made a full transition to Portland State to attain a Bachelor's degree. 
TRIO Student Support Services has had a tremendous impact on me. Through this program, I was able to have a safe space and an amazing community at Portland State. I was also able to have advisors that helped me pick my classes, helped me with financial aid questions, and were simply there for me when I needed someone to talk too. I will never forget the day my car almost broke down and TRIO was there to help me financially. Lastly, I am very grateful for the Scholarship that they awarded me with. I will always be grateful for all the support that they have provided me with during my time in college. 
I am now proud to say that I am a first-generation college graduate. I recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Social Science with a minor in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. My goal is to one day become a Professor for a college or university. I am also very interested in working with couples and providing therapy. Lastly, I am interested in working for a program like TRIO that supports college students. I am still working on figuring out how I can do all three. I plan on earning a Master’s degree one day, but I am still not quite sure what program I want to apply for. In the end, who really knows what the future holds for us.