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TRIO Student Support Services


TRIO is a set of federally funded programs designed to ensure equal educational opportunities. Ellsworth Community College was awarded the five-year TRIO grant in 2010, was re-granted in 2015 and 2020, related to student support services. TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) inspire and support students in their pursuit of a degree. One step to success in college is to make a connection and feel part of a community. TRIO SSS provides support and services to help 120 students achieve and complete their ECC Degree and transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a Bachelor’s Degree. TRIO-Student Support Services at Ellsworth Community College is a 100% federally funded grant for the amount of $224,429 by the U.S. Department of Education.


Eligibility for TRIO SSS is determined by federal regulations. To qualify, you must be a full-time ECC student, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree)
  • Have a disability that can be documented
  • Demonstrate financial need (did you qualify for a Pell grant?).

What we provide

When you join TRIO SSS you will have these FREE support services available to you:

  • Topic-specific workshops
  • One-on-one advising, including registration and scheduling with SSS staff
  • Transfer counseling
  • Trips to the state universities (Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa and University of Iowa)
  • Early registration for ECC courses
  • Grant aid to eligible students (see TRIO staff for qualifying details)

View the Spring 2021 Calendar of Events

Program benefits

  • Receive one-on-one advising from TRIO SSS staff who are personally committed to helping you succeed.
  • Meet and build relationships with other students – who are pursuing their college and career dreams just like you – in TRIO SSS social activities.
  • Learn to budget your money now and in the future, understand credit card use, and manage student loan debt.
  • Gain leadership skills that will help you grow inside and outside of college.
  • Get academic and personal support from your very own dedicated SSS advisor.
  • Learn about additional financial support for low-income Iowa resident students (PACE).

How to join

To be considered for TRIO SSS, you must fill out an ECC TRIO Application Form; download the TRIO Application, and return to   TRIO Director Molly Hippen. Because this is a federally-funded program, spaces are limited. Please return applications through fax at (641) 648-8596 or mail to Ellsworth TRIO 1100 College Avenue
Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126. We encourage you to fill out an application today!