The Student Support Services Program (SSS) and TRIO

The SSS is a TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education that supports first-generation and low-income students as well as students with disabilities.

You can receive the following support:

  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid information
  • Transfer information
  • Tutoring
  • Cultural and educational field trips that help you graduate or transfer to a four-year college or university

Eligibility requirements for the program:

  • Be a first-generation college student (your parents have not graduated from university)

  • Have a verified physical or mental disability

  • Receiving financial aid for the academic year

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ARC TRIO Programs

TRIO Journey Program

A federally-funded Student Support Services program that helps first-generation, low-income students, including students with disabilities, who want to transfer to a four-year college or university. Journey provides a rich variety of services designed to provide academic, personal, and social support.

TRIO Journey Services 

  • Ongoing peer mentoring
  • Free individual and group academic tutoring
  • Academic, career, and personal counseling
  • Informational workshops
  • Create a Student Education Plan to map out all the classes you need to graduate
  • Financial and economic literacy workshops
  • Computer lab access
  • Transfer preparation and assistance in applying for admission and financial aid
  • College tours and cultural events
  • Continuous support

Requirements for TRIO Journey

To apply for admission to the program you must meet all of the following STEM program requirements:

  • Be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be enrolled in 6 or more units per semester
  • Have not completed an AA/AS or BA/BS degree

Meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a first-generation college student (your parents have not graduated from university)
  • Have a verified physical or mental disability
  • Receiving financial aid for the academic year

TRIO STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Program

This free program provides services and academic and social supports to traditionally underrepresented students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math.

TRIO STEM Services

  • Ongoing faculty mentoring
  • Workshops with faculty instructors specializing in STEM fields
  • Individualized academic tutoring and private study spaces
  • Academic, career, and personal counseling
  • Financial and economic literacy workshops
  • Cultural and educational events
  • Transfer preparation and assistance in applying for admission and financial aid
  • College and university tours
  • Free intensive three-week summer bridge program for incoming freshmen

Requirements for TRIO STEM

Meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a first-generation college student (your parents have not graduated from university)
  • Have a verified physical or mental disability
  • Receiving Financial Aid for the academic year

To apply for admission to the program you must meet all of the following STEM program requirements:

  • Be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident (hold a green card)
  • Be enrolled in 6 or more units per semester
  • Have an interest in a STEM or affiliated health major
  • Have not completed an AA/AS or BA/BS degree

TRIO Summer Bridge

The Summer Bridge Program is designed to support new incoming students to ARC eligible for the TRIO SSS Journey and STEM programs. Participating will give you the following:

  • Allow you to earn 2 units of credit from the Human Career Development 318 Class.
  • Refresh your basic math and English skills so you are ready for Fall classes.
  • Learn more about financial aid, developing your educational plan, scholarships, and career exploration.
  • Learn about the ARC campus through active, fun and engaging activities.
  • Meet your peer mentors, counselors, and support staff
  • Be ready for fall classes by knowing what to expect, where to go, whom to talk to for support, and how to be your best as a student at ARC

For more information, stop by The HUB or call (916) 484-8489.

TRIO Veterans Program

TRIO Veterans is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education focused specifically on helping veterans of the United States Armed Services who are first-generation, low-income, or disabled students.

Services for Student Veterans at No Cost:

  • Academic advisement and counseling
  • Financial aid literacy and assistance
  • Transfer information and assistance
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Cultural and educational field trips
  • Peer mentoring
  • Workshops or “VetTalks” Events
  • Community Resources: About VSO services for VA Disability Claims, VA Home Loans Etc.
  • Academic Resources: Financial Aid Literacy and FAFSA assistance, RAD/WAC Programs, DSPS, etc.
  • Events to build community and camaraderie such as Hiking Trips

Requirements for TRIO Veterans Program

Meet all of the following program requirements:

  • Must be a Veteran of the Armed Services of the United States
  • Be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be enrolled in 6 or more units per semester
  • Have not completed an AA/AS or BA/BS degree

Additionally, you must meet one or more of the following requirements:

  • Be a first-generation college student (your parents have not graduated from university)
  • Have a verified physical or mental disability
  • Receiving financial aid for the academic year

TRIO Programs

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Dean:  Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson
Director: Tanya Anderson
Phone: (916) 484-8487


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Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

Friday: 8:00am to 5:00pm


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Office Location: Student Center - The Hub