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Apply to TRIO SSS

We are still currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

We accept 140 eligible students to join TRIO SSS at WVC every year. To apply, follow the steps below. Reach out to trio@wvc.edu with any questions during the application process.

Complete our online application here

Or you can download a PDF of our application.

For a step-by-step walk-through of our online application, check out this video

Questions? Check out TRIO SSS Application FAQ

1. Apply to WVC: Complete the WVC Admission Application and be accepted to WVC.

2. Apply to TRIO SSS: 
Complete a TRIO SSS Application, short essay response, and supporting documents (listed below). If you have difficulty completing this paperwork on your devices, please reach out to us via email. Forms may be mailed to the following address or emailed to trio@wvc.edu:

      Wenatchee Campus  
  TRIO SSS  
   Wenatchee Valley College   
   1300 Fifth Street  
   Wenatchee, WA 98801        
     

3. Supporting Documents: After submitting your application please submit a copy of the following documents to TRIO SSS. The TRIO SSS staff is here to assist you if you have questions or difficulty locating these documents:

  • If you are a permanent resident, send a photocopy of your Resident ID card
  • Income Verification Form (must be signed) or a signed copy of your parents most recent taxes (or yours if you are considered "independent" by financial aid).
  • Unofficial transcripts from any colleges/universities attended. If you received any college credit in high school (college classes, AP classes, etc.), please submit an unofficial high school transcript. If you need help with these, we're happy to assist!

4. Interview (about 60 minutes): Once you have submitted all of the application materials and documents, we will review your application. Eligible students will be invited to an interview within approximately 3-5  business days. The interview is designed to learn more about you, your goals, and if TRIO SSS can support your goals.

5. Orientation: After your interview, we will schedule an orientation session (either one-on-one or in a group). This orientation will go through TRIO SSS services and our expectations of our students. We will also ask you to complete paperwork authorizing TRIO to access your academic records.

6. First Appointment: After your orientation, we will schedule your first check-in appointment. The goal of this meeting will be to touch base about your goals, make a two year academic plan, discuss strategies to help you succeed, answer any questions you have about transferring, and to help you start planning for your future. 

Frequently Asked Questions

TRIO SSS at WVC accepts students into our program all year long. We do not have a specific deadline to apply. However, we are limited to 140 participants each year.

TRIO SSS is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. As part of our funding, we are required to serve a certain number of "low-income" students. Many students qualify as "low-income" by these standards, even if they don't realize it. Whether you believe you are low-income or not, we are required to verify your income. If you are not "low-income" you may still be eligible for our program if you are first-generation (parents don't have a bachelor's degree) or have a documented disability.

TRIO's income standards are based on "taxable income". This is different than adjusted gross income (AGI)! Taxable income is often different and lower than AGI. Please take a moment to look at your taxes and find your "taxable income" listed on line 15 of your taxes. You can look at this example from the IRS to see what your tax documents may look like (see line 15 on the first page).

If you are "dependent" please have your parents complete and sign side B of the form with their taxable income. If you are "independent" please complete and sign side A with YOUR taxable income.

If it's easier, you are welcome to submit a signed copy of taxes instead or completing the income verification form. 

Income documents can be confusing. We're here to help if you have questions!

A student’s dependency status is determined by government standards when you complete your FAFSA. Students who work and live on their own may still be considered “dependent” by financial aid. When completing your income verification form, we are required to ask for your parents' information if you are considered "dependent" by the financial aid office. If you are unsure of your status, you may wish to consult this online guide provided by the Department of Education. We can also help you find this information in ctcLink. Our team is happy to help!

A student’s dependency status is determined by government standards when you complete your FAFSA. Students who work and live on their own may still be considered “dependent” by financial aid. When completing your income verification form, we are required to ask for your parents' information if you are considered "dependent" by the financial aid office. If you are unsure of your status, you may wish to consult this online guide provided by the Department of Education. We can also help you find this information in ctcLink. Our team is happy to help!

We have an online application that you can complete and even sign entirely online. 

 

 

We are required to list one of the five listed races for each student within our program, even if they indicate that they are Hispanic or Latinx/a/o. Please select whichever race feels most appropriate for you.

 

Unfortunately, because we receive 100% of our funding from the U.S. Federal government, we are only able to accept students that are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents at this time. 

 

To meet the eligibility requirements, a student must document their disability with the WVC Director of Student Access.  However, you are still welcome to apply if you think you might meet one of our other eligibility requirements (i.e., first-generation student and/or low income).

 

No. To respect student privacy, we do not request any information about the nature of a student’s disability. If you indicate that you have a documented disability on the application, we will ask for your permission to verify this with the Director of Student Access, but will not ask any information about your disability itself.

A first-generation student is anyone whose parents/guardians have not completed a four-year degree, such as a bachelors. You are still considered a first-generation student if your parent/guardian has attended college, but not completed a four-year degree. If a parent/guardian has completed a four-year degree, you may still be eligible if you have a documented disability with our Access Coordinator and/or meet the federal low-income guidelines.