Eligibility and Qualifications

​Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States​ to be eligible for TRIO/Student Support Services and meet one of the following criteria:

  • First generation college student
  • Meet income guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Posses a documented physical or learning disability

Eligible candidates must also meet both of the following qualifying guidelines:

  • Enrolled in a minimum of nine college-level credit hours with good academic standing.
  • Pursuing an Associate's degree based at the DMACC Urban Campus

Eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Only a limited number of students may receive program services.

A student must be in compliance with DMACC's Student Code of Conduct in order to apply for and participate in this program. See Policies & Procedures, Student Conduct, Disciplines and Appeals Procedure #ES 4630-p.2

Qualifying candidates must complete the Application for Admission and Intake Interview before being considered by the Program Director.

First Generation College Student

The term "first generation college student" refers to students whose parents do not hold a four-year (Bachelor's) degree from a college or university.

Federal TRIO Programs Current-Year Low-Income Levels

(Effective January 28, 2015 until further notice)

Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions Alaska Hawaii
1 $18,210
$22,080$20,325
2 $24,690
$29,880$27,495
3 $31,170
$37,680$34,665
4 $37,650
$45,480$41,835
5 $44,130
$53,280$49,005
6 $50,610
$61,080$56,175
7 $57,090
$68,880$63,345
8 $63,570​
$76,680$70,515

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,240 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $7,800 for Alaska; and $7,170 for Hawaii.

The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register on January 22, 2015.

Documented Disability

Students with a documented disability are eligible to receive services through TRIO/Student Support Services. Students who seek to receive accommodations must contact a Counselor in the Student Life office.

Accommodations will not be provided and eligibility status will not be granted without proper documentation.