TRiO (Student Support Services)

Contact TRiO Student Support Services

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Southwest Texas Junior College Sterling H. Fly, Sr. Memorial Building (Building S) 2401 Garner Field Road Uvalde, TX 78801

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Faith Ibarra
Project Director
(830) 591-2906
S Rahaman
Shareef Rahaman
Academic Advisor
(830) 591-7240
C Perez
Cristian Perez
Project Coordinator
(830) 591-7253
N Velasquez
Nelly Velasquez
Academic Advisor
(830) 591-2944
M Vera
Michelle Vera
Administrative Assistant
(830) 591-7295

About TRiO Student Support Services

Mission and Eligibility


How can I apply?

Click on the link below to access the 2023-2024 application to join TRiO Student Support Services. Once you have submitted your application, you will be contacted by a staff member. Contact us at with any questions regarding the application process.

2023 - 2024 SSS Application

SSS Application


For more information regarding Student Support Services program visit the federal TRiO page.

TRiO-Student Support Services is a federal competitive, need-based grant program authorized by the Higher Education Act, first awarded in 1968. TRiO-SSS at Southwest Texas Junior College receives $372,549.00 per year to serve 270 students.

The Student Support Services program is designed to:

  • Increase the retention and graduation rates of eligible students
  • Increase the transfer rate of eligible students from two-year to four-year institutions
  • Foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income and first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities through services such as academic advising, tutorial services, transfer assistance, career counseling, personal counseling and exposure to cultural events.


Who is eligible to participate in the Student Support Services program?

A student is eligible to participate in the Student Support Services project if they meet any of the following requirements:

  • A low-income individual
  • A first-generation college student
  • An individual with disabilities

TRiO Student Support Services Offers

Academic Advising

The Student Support Services program has four staff members available to assist students in:

  • making educational plans
  • selecting appropriate courses
  • meeting academic requirements
  • planning for graduation and further education


The Student Support Services program along with the Student Success Center provides tutoring FREE of charge. Tutorial services are available in English, Chemistry, Algebra, Biology, Anatomy, Government, History, English as a second language, and other academic areas as needed. Tutors are qualified students recommended by faculty.

For more information, contact Student Support Services at (830) 591-7295.

Schedule an Appointment with a Tutor

Schedule an Appointment with a Tutor
Justin Perez
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Karyme Rodriguez
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Resource Lab

Student Support Services has a resource lab that consists of EIGHT personal computers that are connected to the internet and can be used to:

  • Do research for class assignments
  • Complete and submit the online FAFSA
  • Check e-mail

In addition, personal computers have the most current version of Microsoft® Office programs where students can:

  • Type essays
  • Create Power Point® presentations
  • Create spreadsheets


Other Services

Career Counseling - Student Support Services helps students learn about career opportunities through computerized information, assessing their career interests and capabilities, and making occupational plans.

Transfer Counseling - Student Support Services' Advisors can assist students interested in four-year programs in meeting the academic requirements of those programs, choosing four-year institutions, and applying for admission and financial aid at those institutions.

Financial Aid Counseling - Students can receive assistance in completing financial aid applications.

Financial Literacy and Budgeting Workshops - Students receive educational/counseling to improve financial and economic literacy.

Campus Visits - Student Support Services provides campus tours to various universities giving students insight to university academic information as well as campus life.

Cultural Activities - Student Support Services will address social needs by providing a variety of activities that will increase the social interactions of students and improve participant motivation and self-concept.

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