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TRIO Student Support Services Program

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a grant-funded academic support program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Harold Washington College TRIO SSS is funded to support 160 students each academic year.  HWC TRIO SSS staff will support you as you achieve your academic goals, including remaining in good academic standing, graduating, and transferring to a four-year college or university.     



Eligible TRIO SSS Students Will Receive:     


Academic Tutoring     

   • Study Skills Tutoring     

   • Academic Skills Workshops     

   • Group Study Sessions     



   • Faculty and staff mentors     

   • Peer mentors     


Planning Beyond HWC     

   • Transfer Guidance     

   • Career Coaching     


Clinical Counseling     

   • Emotional Support     

   • Stress Management     

   • Wellness Workshops     


Course Selection Advisement     

   • Priority Registration     

   • Mid and End of semester advising     


Assistance with Financial Aid     

   • FAFSA Support     

   • Scholarship Advising     


Financial Literacy     

   • Loan Counseling     

   • Financial Wellness Workshops     


Cultural and Social Events     

   • On and off campus cultural experiences     

   • Socialize with fellow HWC students     



TRIO SSS Eligibility      

To apply, a student must be:     

• A HWC Student     

• A U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident     

• Earning their first degree or certificate     


Students must also be one or more of the following:     

• Low Income – Full Pell Eligible     

• First Generation – Neither parent has completed a four-year degree     

• Disability – With verifying documentation     


Application Process     

1. Complete a HWC TRIO SSS Application Packet:     

    a. Application     

    b. Participant Agreement     

    c. Consent Form     

2. Attend a TRIO SSS informational meeting     


Application packets may be picked up in Room 101F or     

accessed digitally here:      



Questions? Contact us at We look forward to meeting you!​ ​​​​ ​​            



TRIO Staff:​         

Jennifer Vogel, Director              

Janea Vinson, Clinical Counselor            

Meaghan Young-Stephens, Academic Coach      

David Adams, Mentor/Tutor       

Luke Straube, Mentor/Tutor   

Kaelyn Green, Learning Specialist       ​      

Melissa McGlynn, College Advisor           

Brandy Parker, College Advisor               


Harold Washington College Student Support Services Program is federally funded in the amount of $261,888.00 through the U.S. Department of Education, Office ​of Federal TRIO Program. Authority for this program is contained in the Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, Chapter 1, Section 402D of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.  


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Monday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  
Saturday, CLOSED​