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Applying to SSS

Program Applications Notice

The program is currently at capacity, and no applications are being reviewed at this time.

Application for Fall 2024 will be available April 15, 2024. 

To be Admitted to the TRIO SSS Program

  1. Fill out a TRIO SSS Program application 
  2. Submit application with all required signatures and income verification forms.
  3. TRIO SSS Income Verification Form.
  4. If you need help, email:
  5. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  6. Conditional admission letter issued two to three weeks after an application has been submitted.
  7. Interview with TRIO SSS Counselor to verify eligibility and fit for the TRIO SSS Program. At this interview you will also sign the TRIO SSS Program Contract.
  8. Attend required semester meetings with TRIO SSS Counselor/Advisor, academic success seminars, and TRIO SSS welcome days.


Eligibility is based on federally-funded criteria:

  • Low-income (Low-income levels are determined according to federal guidelines)
  • First-generation college student (Neither parent completed a 4-year college degree)
  • Have a verified disability

In addition, SSS Scholars must also be:

  • Admitted and enrolled at CSUSM
  • U.S. Citizenship or Legal Resident Status
  • Qualify for federal financial aid and have a current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file
  • Have evidence of academic need as indicated on the SSS application

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