TRiO (Student Support Services)

Course instruction will be offered via online and hybrid distance learning modes of instruction for the Summer II Session, with courses meeting synchronously at scheduled times via Zoom or Teams. For the safety of our students and community, the May 2020 Graduation Ceremonies will be provided in a virtual format via YouTube on Saturday, July 11th. Visit our COVID-19 FAQs page for more information. SWTJC will observe summer hours through Friday, July 31st. Office hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The current work from home environment is still in place unless instructed otherwise.

Contact TRiO Student Support Services

Faith Ibarra
Project Director
(830) 591-2906


Marysa Martinez
Marysa Martinez
Academic Advisor
(830) 591-2944


T Quintanilla-Taylor
Tina Quintanilla-Taylor
Academic Advisor
(830) 591-4172


R Alldritt
Ryan Alldritt
Administrative Assistant/
Tutor & Mentor Supervisor
(830) 591-7295


Mission and Eligibility

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 the student meets all of the following requirements:

  • Is a citizen or national of the United States or meets the residency requirements for Federal student financial assistance.
  • Is enrolled at Southwest Texas Junior College or accepted for enrollment in the next academic term at that institution
  • Has a need for academic support, as determined by Southwest Texas Junior College, in order to pursue successfully a postsecondary educational program.
  • A low-income individual
  • A first-generation college student or
  • An individual with disabilities


How can I apply?

The TRIO SSS Application for 2020-2021 is currently under construction to better serve you. Stay tuned for the updated version. You may email to be added to the list if you wish to have the application sent to you once it goes live


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 $346,106.00 per year to serve 270 students.

TRiO Student Support Services Offered

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 Ana Lisa at the Student Success Center at (830) 591-4152.


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.

Activities & Campus Tours

The Student Support Services program sponsors activities, such as field trips, special lectures, and symposiums, that have as their purpose the improvement of the project participants' academic progress and personal development. 

Campus Tours

If you would like to participate in a University Campus Tour please fill out our online form and choose as many universities as you would like to visit. Transportation and meals are provided by Student Support Services. There must be a total of five (5) students interested in a campus tour before the trip will make.

If you have any questions, please contact Student Support Services at (830) 591-7295 or

Visit our social media accounts to stay informed about campus tours and activities with Student Support Services. 


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