TRiO/Student Support Services

The TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program at BMCC is a federally funded program that provides services to help students succeed in college. Research shows that students who are involved with a TRiO program have higher GPA’s, earn more credits, and are twice as likely to stay in college than students who do not receive that support.

Let us help you meet the challenges of college life. Find out if you qualify and apply right away!

How do I qualify?

First you must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident and enrolled in a degree-seeking program at the Pendleton campus of Blue Mountain Community College.

In addition, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Meet federal income guidelines (see chart below), or
  • Be first generation (neither parent or guardian graduated with a Bachelor's degree), or
  • Have a documented learning or physical disability.

If you are interested in applying,click request an application.


What services are available?

All program services are FREE to qualified and accepted students:

  • Academic advising
  • Professional math, sciences, and writing tutoring
  • Computer lab
  • Career development and testing
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring
  • Study skills training
  • Transfer planning
  • Visits to 4-year university campuses
  • Time and stress management workshops
  • Cultural events
  • And more!

We have a well-equipped study lab in Morrow Hall for the exclusive use of TRiO/SSS students. The lab features wireless signal, computers and printers, and a kitchenette with a ready pot of coffee and snacks to help you get through the day.


How Do I Apply?

Pick up an application in the TRiO Student Support Services office (Morrow Hall, Room 148), or click here to request an application, fill it out, and return it, along with any supporting documentation necessary. If you have any questions, feel free to contact TRiO at 541-278-5853.

Check the income chart below to determine if you meet the federal criteria. If so, you will need to bring a signed copy of your most recent federal tax return. If you did not file taxes last year, a signed wage history statement from the State of Oregon Employment Department is also acceptable documentation. NOTE: If you are under 25 years of age and considered a dependent for federal financial aid purposes, you must add your taxable income and your parents' together to determine eligibility. Please bring signed copies of your and your parents' federal tax returns. If federal financial aid considers you an independent student, as is possible under certain federal guidelines, you can qualify based on just your income.

For students meeting the disability criteria, you will need to self-identify with Disability Services at BMCC.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, we will need to make a copy of your permanent resident card.

Selection process:

Once your application is complete, you will be scheduled for an intake appointment with our director. Selection is based upon eligibility, slots available, and the applicant's degree intent. TRiO/SSS at Blue Mountain Community College is funded to serve 165 students per year.


Income Chart

Qualifying income is established by federal guidelines and is currently 1.5 times the national poverty level. The table below is based upon the family size you reported on your most recent federal tax return and the taxable income reported on page two of that return.

Family Size

Maximum Taxable Income

1 $17,235
2 $23,265
3 $29,295
4 $35,325
5 41,355
6 $47,385
7 $53,415
8 $59,445


TRiO is 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education