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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Why should I consider being part of TRIO SSS?

A: TRIO SSS is a great program that can help you succeed in college and beyond. We have a
     wonderful and supportive staff that will give you the time and attention that you may need
     while navigating your way through the higher education system. We have many services that
     you can benefit from while you are completing a degree at ARCC.


Q: How do I qualify for TRIO SSS?

A: You need to be pursuing an Associates degree from ARCC and fall into at least one of the following categories:
           1. Low to moderate income (this is based on taxable income and
               will be determined by SSS staff)
           2. First-generation college student (neither parent or guardian
               has completed a four-year degree)
           3. You have a documented disability according to the Americans
               with Disabilities Act (ADA) 


Q: How do I apply?

A: You can stop by our office (SC 122) at the Coon Rapids campus or call
     us for more information about applying. 763-433-1170


Q: How many students does the program serve?

A: We are funded to serve a maximum of 175 students per year.


Q: Is there an age requirement to be in TRIO SSS?

A: We accept college students of all ages. The only exception is that PSEO students are not
     eligible for TRIO SSS. You must have completed high school or obtained your GED.


Q: Does TRIO SSS provide financial support?

A: We do not provide direct financial support but we will assist you in
     finding resources for funding such as applying for federal financial aid and scholarships.


Q: Is this program available on both your campuses?

A: There is a TRIO SSS program on both the Coon Rapids and the Cambridge campus.


 Q: Is ARCC the only college in Minnesota that has this program?

A: There are 33 TRIO SSS programs located at colleges and universities across Minnesota and many more located across the United States.
     Click here to see what other Minnesota colleges have TRIO SSS.


Q: How do I register for your tuition-free First-Year Experience (INTS 1000) class?

A: You have to be enrolled in the program before you are eligible for the tuition-free classes that we
     offer. You cannot register for these classes without a signature from an SSS advisor.
     Please contact us for more information.


Q: Do I have to apply for this program every semester?

A: Once you have been accepted into TRIO SSS, you do not have to reapply as long as you
     continue to be a registered student at ARCC and are active in the program.