TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) & TRiO Student Support Services/English as a Second Language (SSS/ESL)

TRiO Student Support Services students walking up to Building K

TRiO programs are designed to identify and provide services to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The ECC TRiO programs serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school through postsecondary programs.

Due to Covid-19, we will not be accepting in-person document submissions until further notice. We have created a new application form and electronic documents for easy submission. If you need to schedule a document drop-off, please speak with the appropriate contact for the program you would like to apply for. For Upward Bound I, please contact Dr. DeSean E. Coleman by email at or call 847-214-6942 or Tanya Ocampo by email or call 847-214-7903 to schedule a document drop-off. For Upward Bound II, please contact Dr. Elaine Blair by email at or call 847-214-6946 or Mireya Castillo by email at or call 847-214-7406 to schedule a document drop-off.

Counselors and teachers are encouraged to recommend students.

About TRiO

The mission of the TRiO Student Support Services and TRiO Support Services/ESL programs is to encourage and assist traditionally underrepresented students in preparation for completion of a college education. SSS/ESL also provides support to eligible students whose second language is English and are enrolled in mainstream college classes. These programs support current ECC students.


  • Career exploration and assessment.
  • Tutorial support and services.
  • Financial and economic literacy.
  • Assistance with college applications and transfer.
  • Visits to four-year institutions.
  • Various workshops.
  • Leadership development activities.
  • Cultural and social events.
  • Referral to college and community support services.
  • Computer and study lounge access at TRiO offices.

Program Eligibility

TRiO services are available to individuals who:

  1. Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Are a registered ECC student.
  3. Meet one or more of the following requirements:
    • First generation college student (neither parent(s)/legal guardian(s) graduated from a four-year college or university in the U.S.).
    • Demonstrated financial need.
    • Documented learning or physical disability(ies).
    • English as a Second Language.

To apply for the program, complete the following application and supporting documents and return completed documents to