- What is TRIO Student Support Services?
- Can everyone participate?
- Why shoud I become a participant?
- If I join SSS, what am I required to do?
- Does it cost money to join?
- Do I need to be first-year freshman to apply?
- How can I apply?
- How long can I be in the program?
- Questions about F.O.C.U.S.
TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and has been at CSU, Chico since YEAR. SSS is committed to serving 160 low-income, first generation college students and students with disabilities to earn a bachelor's degree within 5 years. While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to higher education.
No. SSS serves eligible students only. These include first-generation college students (neither parent graduated with a four-year degree) and income-eligible students (as determined by federal guidelines), as well as students with a documented disability. This program is an exclusive program and can only accept 40 students per year. It is based on a first-come, first-served basis, so do not hesitate to apply. All students who do not apply on time may be put on the waitlist until the following semester or until there is an opening.
SSS is a great place to start your journey at CSU, Chico because of the dedicated staff who invest in your academic, social and cultural enrichment. The program can help you build on your strengths and address your areas of concern. By becoming a participant, you will gain access to services and opportunities not available to other students on campus.
SSS tends to have expectations rather than requirements. It is expected that you will be committed to earning your degree and that you will take the advantage of SSS services that meet your academic needs. The SSS staff will make recommendations for you that we expect you to carefully consider.
No - everything in the program if free!
No - we will accept applications from sophomores and juniors as well as transfer students.
All SSS participants must complete an application to determine eligibility and fit. Applications may be obtained online via our application link or at our office located in room 310 of the Student Services Center on campus. Applications may be faxed, dropped off or mailed to our office. Priority is given to those who meet the initial fall deadline, however, we review applications on a continuous basis so students may apply anytime during the year. When space is not available, eligible students will be placed on a waiting list. The application process is as follows:
- Complete an SSS application.
- Complete an intake interview.
- Receive acceptance.
Until you graduate and/or transfer to another college.
FOCUS is a summer program sponsored by a federal Student Support Service TRiO grant that supports low income and first generation students as they work towards earning college degrees. Students that are invited to attend FOCUS are a unique student group at Chico State that has a chance to take on a leadership role the summer before starting classes. This gives SSS FOCUS students a head start by knowing what resources are on campus, getting financial aid information and meeting new friends.
Your name was given to Student Support Services from Financial Aid because your application indicated that you are a first generation and low income student. This makes you eligible to receive SSS services that other students do not.
FOCUS gives you a chance to live in the dorms for four days and get a better grounding on campus. You will have the chance to talk with a Financial Aid counselor about your status for the fall, as well as attend workshops that will help your transition to Chico State. By attending FOCUS you do not have to pay to attend the campus registration.
There is no cost to you. SSS pays for your housing, meals and SSS waives your fee for Summer Orientation. Activities, workshops and supplies for the four days are covered. You are only responsible for your personal travel expenses to and from campus.
Transportation information for those flying into Sacramento Airport
In order to get from Sacramento to Chico and the SSS Summer FOCUS Program, you will need to contact North Valley Shuttle. The shuttle service provides transportation, by reservation, from the Sacramento Airport to Chico and back. Reservations must be made a minimum of two days before your flight. It is up to you to make your own arrangements. You can reserve one way or round trip service. The shuttle only runs four times a day; below is the schedule.
When you make your reservation let them know you are with SSS so they will drop you off on campus where SSS Staff will meet you. The shuttle will take approximately two hours to get to Chico. If your flight arrives at Terminal A, the shuttle will be waiting at the Ground Transportation Van/Taxi area or if your flight arrives at either terminal B1or B2, please look for purple shuttles and taxi sign. To make a reservation call: 530-891-1219 or 1-800-832-4223.
- Departure Times from Sacramento Airport to Chico- 10:00 am (Mon - Fri Only)- 1:00 pm (Everyday)- 3:30 pm (Everyday)
- Departure Times from Chico to Sacramento Airport- 5:30 am (Mon - Fri Only)- 8:00 am (Everyday)- 11:00 am (Everyday)
FOCUS students will be housed in the resident halls on Chico State’s campus. Gender specific dorm rooms are designated with Resident Advisors on the premises 24 hours a day. Your parents / guardian may not stay in the resident halls with the FOCUS students. If they are interested in staying in Chico during the FOCUS program there are discounted rooms at University Village for $25.50. Reservations for University Village can be made by calling 530-898-6325.