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Walla Walla Community College

What is TRIO?

TRIO was established by Congress in 1965. TRIO programs are federally funded through competitive grants at over 1,200 colleges, universities, and agencies throughout the United States. TRIO programs are designed to provide academic, career, and personal support to college students who are first-generation, are low income, and/or have disabilities.

TRIO is a federally-funded grant program designed to provide essential support for first-generation, socio-economically, and personally challenged students as they:

  • Navigate college requirements
  • Achieve and advance academically toward completion of a degree at WWCC
  • Develop plans to transfer and complete a 4-year degree
Find Out If I Qualify

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to participate in TRIO Student Support Services (SSS), a student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a US Citizen, US National (includes natives of American Samoa or Swains Island), or US Permanent Resident with a Form I-551, I-151, I-551C (Permanent Resident Card, Resident Alien Card, or Alien Registration Receipt Card), also known as a green card.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Be highly motivated with demonstrated need for academic and other support seeking to graduate and/or transfer.
  • Identify as one or more of the following groups:
    • First-generation college student (neither parent has a four-year college degree).
    • Meet income eligibility according to Federal TRIO guidance.  Students may be required to provide proof of income status; if under age 24 and single, income information may be required from parents.
    • Have a documented disability.
Student meeting with TRIO advisor

Join TRIO!

To apply for the TRIO SSS program, eligible students must complete the following steps:

  1. Fill out the TRIO Application.
  2. Complete the Financial Statement (if not included in the original application).
  3. Complete an intake interview with a TRIO advisor or attend a TRIO intake orientation.


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Domenica Gachet

TRIO supported me with an advisor that guided me. My advisor also helped me in my first language (Spanish). I got assistance to fill out important forms like FAFSA, or scholarships. I am grateful for all the help that I got from TRIO. I was lost when I decided to study, but they offered me resources that helped me to succeed. They also helped me to make new friends. I didn’t have problems with the language. My advisor was always asking me if I needed help, or if I was feeling good. They are my family! I would never forget this amazing experience. Thank you, TRIO.

-Domenica Gachet, Associate of Science II, Class of 2020, transferring to pursue Civil Engineering at WSU 

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Kacey Halbert

The TRIO program at WWCC impacted my life extensively in the best ways! I was able to use a tremendous amount of resources and most of all, have time with advisors. I would have been lost without the help of the TRIO group at WWCC. I was always able to feel comfortable communicating with others and developed new skills while attending the activities and TRIO classes. I could not be more grateful for what the program gave me during my time at WWCC and the skills that I took from my time – they have helped me tremendously!

-Kacey Halbert, Associate of Biology, Class of 2019, current student at WSU, majoring in Wildlife Ecology Conservation Sciences with a minor in Forestry and a minor in Biology 

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Edgar Diaz-Lara

I participated in the Student Support Services (TRIO) and I cannot be more glad that I did. My TRIO advisor, sat down with me many, many times throughout my first year simply to try and narrow down different subject areas I enjoyed and to look at potential career paths. We took personality tests and strength tests that could help me discover different paths.  Because of this, I was able to make the decision of pursuing a business degree. My advisor walked me through how to complete the FAFSA application, which I now feel comfortable doing on my own, as well as taught me how to search for scholarships that I could qualify for. Thanks to TRIO and my advisor, I have now graduated with an Associate in Business degree. Had it not been for TRIO, I truly believe that navigating through college on my own would have caused me to drop out.

-Edgar Diaz-Lara, Associate in Business, Class of 2020, transferring into the WWCC Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management and Entrepreneurship 

The TRIO Experience


Academic advising, career exploration & preparation, personal/relational support, etc.


FAFSA completion assistance, scholarship information, appeals process explanations, etc. Financial planning for personal budgeting and college costs.


Sample topics include: scholarship research, stress management, study skills, math anxiety, job search, resume development, interviewing skills, tools for undecided students, and more subjects as requested by students.

Specific dates, times, and topics of skills workshops will be made available at the beginning of each quarter.


Campus visits, degree exploration, course equivalency research, college application assistance, etc.


  • Free access to technology support and TRIO computers/printers
  • Free 2-credit financial literacy and college experience classes
  • Community service and cultural enrichment opportunities
  • TRIO Club activities, projects, and meetings to increase campus & community engagement
  • Quarterly social gatherings with TRIO staff, students, and their families

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Walla Walla Campus

Main Building D
Room 244 (Second floor)
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Clarkston Campus

Main Building CLK
Office 111 (Across from Testing Center)
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