Applying to TRIO

Apply Online Here!

An application is required for entry into the TRIO program.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Application does not guarantee entry to the program but is based upon eligibility and availability of openings in the program.  To complete an application, please complete the online application above.  Questions?  Stop by the TRIO office on the Canton campus in C131 or the Macomb campus in room 214, or call (309)833-6030.

Frequently Asked Questions About Joining TRIO:

Can anyone join the program?

  • Students must be either first-generation, income-eligible and/or have a disability on file with the college.  You must complete a TRIO application, meet the required eligibility criteria, and complete an intake interview for consideration of entry to the program.

What is the intake appointment like?

  • During your intake interview, you will meet with both our Director and Advisor.  They will go over your academic background (high school equivalency, high school diploma and/or any completed college credits), along with your goals, study habits, transfer plans and what program services are of interest to you. 

What is the time commitment if I join the TRIO program?

  • We expect our students to have frequent contact with the program.  However, our students are often commuting, hold jobs and some, have families.  We have adapted our program to meet the needs of a busy schedule and have many of our services available online, through Canvas and staff are available for appointments by phone.  Students are able to pick and choose the services that meet their needs, but, learn more about expectations of the program at their TRIO Orientation session.

Is the program really free?

  • Yes! There is no cost to the student.  We are funded by a federal grant through the Department of Education.  Our funding in the 2020-25 grant cycle is $261,888 annually.