TRIO is a group of federal programs that help overcome barriers to higher education.


No matter where you’re coming from, we want to help you get where you’re going. That’s why we partner with the U.S. Department of Education to provide services for students from all backgrounds.

What is TRIO?

TRIO is a group of federal programs that help overcome barriers to higher education. These programs may be right for you if you are a:

  • First generation college student and/or
  • Pell Grant eligible and/or
  • Have a documented disability

At STLCC, you can participate in two programs: Student Support Service and Upward Bound.

Student Support Services

Stay engaged and finish your degree with Student Support Services. As a part of the program, we’ll help you build confidence and persistence through:

  • Academic Advising - Let us assist you in selecting the right courses to fit your career and/or transfer plans. Our advisors will help you identify helpful electives, required courses and pre-requisites that will help you reach your goal.
  • Tutoring - Receive one-on-one tutoring or preference when scheduling a session at our TRIO tutoring centers for free.
  • Paying for college - Let us make college even more affordable by helping you find and apply for aid, grants and scholarships.
  • Career exploration - Let us help you explore your potential by connecting you to career resources.
  • Personal assistance - This service guides you through the stressful parts of college with advice in time and money management, stress reduction, conflict resolution, leadership skills and teamwork development.
  • Academic assistance - We’re here to help you master the art of being a student. We can help you improve your note taking, test preparation and exam skills.
  • Transfer planning - This is just your beginning. Come meet with an adviser for help planning your next step and creating a seamless transition to a four-year university.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound offers academic enhancement activities that provide high school students with the motivation and academic skills necessary to successfully complete high school and enter post secondary education. Upward Bound offers two components:

  • Academic - During the academic year, students will attend classes two Saturdays a month targeted towards academic and personal development at the St. Louis Community College – Forest Park campus.
    • Instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in
      education beyond high school
    • Academic, financial, or personal counseling
    • Exposure to academic programs and cultural events
    • Tutorial services
    • Mentoring programs
    • Information on postsecondary education opportunities
    • Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
    • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
    • Work study positions to expose participants to careers requiring a postsecondary degree
  • Summer Enrichment - Consisting of a six–week academic enrichment program, Upward Bound students take classes at the St. Louis Community College – Forest Park campus and participate in cultural and recreational activities. Students who successfully complete the program will qualify to participate in the Upward Bound Bridge component. Students that successfully complete the bridge component may earn up to seven college credits that are transferable to the college of their choice.

Apply for TRiO Upward Bound

How to apply?

Does this sound like a program you would benefit from? It’s easy to see if you qualify, and we’ll help you through the process. Even if you don’t meet the federal requirements, our team will help you find other on-campus assistance that works for your individual situation.

Visit our TRIO offices on campus and you won’t leave empty handed:

Florissant Valley

TRIO, Student Support Services
Location: SC-228
8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon, Tues
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wed - Fri


Rosita Lewis

Forest Park

TRIO, Student Support Services
Location: SC-221
8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday


Jamie Bolar


TRIO, Student Support Services
Location: SC-202
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday


Sanela Mesic

Forest Park

Upward Bound
Location: G-311
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.
8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. two Saturdays a month


Carolyn Jackson

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