Who can participate in SSS?

Because TRIO Student Support Services is 1oo% funded by a federal grant, students must meet the following five criteria listed below. 


If you are not sure if you meet all five criteria please contact us at: 


618-395-7777 Ext. 2146

To begin your application for SSS please:

1. Complete the online Application

2. Complete the online Needs Assessment

Students that meet the following criteria are eligible to participate in the SSS program at IECC.

  1. US citizen OR permanent resident.

  2. Enrolled OR accepted for enrollment at an IECC school.

  3. Must meet at least ONE of the following criteria

    • 1st generation college student - This means neither of your biological or adoptive parents have a 4 year degree or higher than a 4 year degree. ​

    • Meet our income guide line.

    • Have a documented disability that can affect your education.

  4. Be an Associate degree seeking students with goals of transferring to a 4 year institution.

  5. Have academic need in at least ONE area from the List of Academic Needs.

List of Academic Needs

  • ​Academic advising​
  • Cultural enrichment
  • Career exploration
  • Personal counseling
  • Financial aid procedures
  • Tutoring
  • Time management
  • Transfer assistance
  • Study skills
  • Test taking skills
  • Peer mentoring
  • Choosing a major
  • Class registration
  • Social skills
  • Financial literacy/Budget planning
  • Low high school grades
  • Low college grades
  • Have a GED
  • Out of school for 5 yrs or more
  • Limited English proficiency
  • Lack of educational goals
  • Lack of career goals
  • Not prepared for college level classes