TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is continuously looking for students who are devoted and committed to the demands and rewards of learning and furthering their educational goals through graduation and transfer. Each semester, TRiO SSS accepts program applications from interested students. TRiO is limited to the number of students it can serve but all eligible students have an equal opportunity to apply to the program.

The TRiO Student Support Services program is funded by the United States Department of Education. Please read more at the program's website.

How We Can Help

TRiO SSS offers various free services designed to ensure eligible full-time students at KCKCC are successful in their academic career. Some of these services include: 

  • Academic Advising
  • Academic Tutoring
  • Mentor/Life Coach
  • Workshops & Related Activities
  • Assistance with Financial Aid Process
  • Financial Literacy & Planning
  • Career Counseling


 As mandated by Congress, two-thirds of the students served must come from families with incomes at 150% or less of the federal poverty level and in which neither parent graduated from college. More than 2,900 TRiO projects currently serve more than 840,000 low-income Americans. Many programs serve students in grades six through 12. Thirty-five percent of TRiO students are Whites, 35% are African-Americans, 19% are Hispanics, 4% are Native Americans, 3% are Asian-Americans, and 4% are listed as “Other,” including multiracial students. More than 7,000 students with disabilities and approximately 6,000 US veterans are currently enrolled in the TRiO programs as well.

In order to be eligible to receive services through SSS, you must meet at least one of the following federal requirements:

  • First generation college student, neither parent has a college degree, or
  • Meets US Department of Education Income Guidelines or
  • Documented physical or learning disability.
  • Be currently enrolled or have been accepted for full-time study at KCKCC.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Meet the academic need criteria as established by the SSS Program.
NOTE: Meeting first generation, low income and disability program eligibility criteria does not guarantee admission into SSS. Prospective participants must also demonstrate the ability to benefit from program services. Students who have attained a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for the program.


TRiO SSS offers various free services designed to ensure eligible full-time students at KCKCC are successful in their academic career. Some of these services include: 

  • Academic Advising: The SSS staff are available to provide academic, financial, career, transfer guidance, and personal counseling to eligible students. They are here to guide you from your first day on campus through your graduation!
  • Academic Tutoring: Free one-on-one tutoring for program participants in a wide range of general education and upper level courses. Tutors meet with participants for one-on-one sessions. All SSS tutors complete a training course and the tutoring program is certified through the College Reading and Learning Association
  • Mentor/Life Coach: Each participant is assigned a mentor. The mentor is a staff member who stays in contact with assigned participants and can answer questions and concerns or refer participants to the appropriate resource for help. Mentors call, write, and/or meet regularly with their participants.
  • Workshops and Related Activities: Participants in SSS may attend workshops on college survival skills such as time management and test anxiety; career preparation needs such as resume writing and interviewing; graduate school preparation and financial literacy. Workshops and courses offered are constantly evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of participants.
  • Assistance with Financial Aid Process: SSS staff will assist participants with the completion of Financial Aid Renewal Application (FAFSA).
  • Financial Literacy & Planning: Educate participant s on issues of finances and financial planning.
  • Career Counseling: Engage program participants in planning, preparing and with the completion of the graduation admissions process.


If you think we can help, we’d love to meet you!  Simply call 913.288.7181 to set up an appointment with the coordinator, or stop by our office located in the Jewell building, upper level, room 3379. Please fill out the below forms and bring them to your appointment for more efficient processing.

SSS Program Agreement

SSS Student Intake Form

SSS Release of Information

SSS Needs Analysis

 SSS Cultural Experience Questionnaire

SSS Services Offered

Student Income Verification Form 2018

Location and Hours

Jewell Student Center RM 3379

Monday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Sara Schelp
Transition Coordinator


Molly Fisher
Math Learning Specialist

Kaitlyn Venneman
English Learning Specialist

Marquida Johnson