Skagit Valley College

TRiO Student Support Services

What is TRIO Student Support Services?

The TRIO Student Support Services Program is a federally funded grant program that assists eligible students who want to excel in college, but may have backgrounds that make this task difficult or challenging.


What makes our program effective?

Personal attention:
You will get to know our staff personally and get individual attention when difficulties arise because we limit the number of students we serve for just this reason.

Unique services:
You will find help here that is not found elsewhere on campus.

Comprehensive services:
Our staff will introduce you to people and programs, on and off campus, that can help you when we are not able to.

Opportunities for excellence:
Our focus is helping you achieve academic excellence.


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 support and intention to transfer to a four-year college immediately after completing Skagit Valley College degree.
  • Identify as one or more of the following groups:
    • First generation college student (neither parent has a four-year college degree).
    • Low-income according to Federal Standards (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 physical or learning disability.


Getting started is easy!


Mount Vernon Campus

Print and complete the following forms by clicking here.  

If you have any additional questions, call 360-416-7636 or email


Whidbey Island Campus

Print and complete the following forms by clicking here. 

If you have any additional questions, call 360-679-5393 or email


What students say about tutoring:

"With the tutor's help, I was able to understand the material; without his help, I would have failed the course – I'm sure of it."

"I'm getting a high "B" in Math 99, and I failed it previously."

"I felt more comfortable with assignments, quiz and exam situations. With my questions answered, I didn't feel completely lost, but actually held my own in class."


What students say about our College Success Skills class:

"I have learned more about studying and learning skills than I ever imagined I would."

"I believe this is a class that not only prepares you for college but for life."

"Although I have only started in school, I feel a sense of accomplishment and an unbelievable drive to continue. Much of this drive came from my College Success Skills class."


CSS Learning Community Class Information

For a successful start to your college experience, click here

Mount Vernon Campus Application

Mount Vernon Campus Students Click HERE. Submit to Lewis Hall 201B

Whidbey Island Campus Application

Whidbey Island Campus Students Click HERE. Submit to Hayes Hall 106


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TRIO Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday - Closed 

First Generation College Students

SVC Staff and Faculty Stories, read here