Graduates from the TRiO program

TRiO Services

TRiO provides a number of free services to help its students succeed, both at Pierce and in life. These are some of the things we offer:

Scholarship Assistance

TRiO can help students find scholarships and assist with the applications. Many of our students are 3.5+ GPA honors students who join Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) for scholarships. PTK is a nationally recognized honor society. Additionally, students who are already receiving Pell Grants may qualify for additional assistance from TRiO Grants.

Transfer Assistance

Dedicated advisors help start your personal transfer plan from your first day in the program. We even offer a free two-credit transfer class, COLLEGE 112, so that you can focus on your dreams and goals. TRiO advisors can assist with applying to four-year colleges. In addition, TRiO students take campus visits of all the local four-year colleges, including Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Washington, and The Evergreen State College.

Study Assistance

TRiO helps students with math, motivation, time and money management. Students also receive guidance in choosing a major and support from fellow TRiO students.

Personal Assistance

TRiO advisors provide students one-on-one advising and personalized education plans. Also, TRiO provides peer mentoring, early alerts and additional support to struggling students, organizes cultural and family activities, Fall & Winter all TRiO welcome events, and hosts a celebration at the end of each year.


Students are encouraged to participate in campus leadership opportunities to strengthen their college transfer application, such as the TRiO Leadership Council (TLC), Student Activities Board, Student Government,Club, Multicultural Leadership Institute (MLI), Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA), and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK).