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Applying to SSS

Spring 2023 Priority Application Period

  • Application period (September 15 - April 30th, 2023)

Fall 2023 Priority Application Period

  • Application period (March15 - August 15, 2023)

To be Admitted to the TRIO SSS Program

  1. Fill out a TRIO SSS Program application and Make sure to follow the TRIO SSS Application Process.
  2. Submit application with all required signatures and income verification forms.
  3. If you need help, email:
  4. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  5. Conditional admission letter issued two to three weeks after an application has been submitted.
  6. Interview with TRIO SSS Counselor to verify eligibility and fit for the TRIO SSS Program.
    1. Sign a TRIO SSS Program Contract  (Mutual Responsibility Agreement).
  7. 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 aslo 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

Application Steps

STEP 1: Download  the TRIO SSS application by selecting one of the options below:

If you have questions about whether you are eligible for or would benefit from SSS, please send an e-mail to

STEP 2:  Verification of income status documents

    1. If  Dependent: Provide a copy your Parent(s) or Guardian(s) SIGNED federal tax information (form 1040 pages 1 & 2).
    2.  If Independent: Provide a copy of your SIGNED federal tax information (form 1040, pages 1 & 2);
    3. Click here to see an  example of the federal tax form 1040.

STEP 3:   Submitt completed application and income verification documents (Choose one of the options below). 

  1. To submit electronically, be sure to “Print to PDF” to save your information. Email the application and all icome verification attachments to:  
  2.  OR Upload the completed application form with the required signatures and income verification form below

 Upload Completed Application Below

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