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Medgar Evers College TRIO-SSS Program is part of the Office of Academic Affairs. Through a Department of Education grant competition, MEC was awarded a five-year (2020-2025) Student Support Services (SSS) grant for $1.3 million to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

The purpose of the SSS Program is to increase the number of disadvantaged, low-income college students, first-generation college students, and college students with disabilities in the United States who successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level. The support services that are provided should increase the retention and graduation rates for these categories of students and facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges and universities.

Medgar Evers College SSS program serves 140 SSS students each year and provides free services to eligible students. The federal TRIO programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.


TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) empowers first-generation, low-income, and students with a disability in their pursuit of a college degree through intensive individualized support and advocacy.

  • Identify qualified individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds;
  • Prepare them for a program of postsecondary education;
  • Provide support services for such students who are pursuing programs of postsecondary education;
  • Motivate and prepare students for graduate programs; and
  • Train individuals serving or preparing for services, in programs and projects so designed.

Eligibility and Services

SSS provides free services to eligible students. You may be eligible if you have documented financial needs, a documented disability, academic need, or neither parents graduated from a four-year college.

  • You are a U.S. citizen, national or meet the residency requirements for federal student financial assistance
  • Neither of your parents graduated from a four-year college or
  • You have documented financial need or
  • You have a documented disability and
  • You have an academic need



TRIO SSS offers free services in the following areas with the purpose of our services to increase the number of SSS eligible students who graduate from college.

  • academic support, individualized tutoring
  • career guidance and counseling
  • personal development workshops
  • financial literacy
  • cultural and social activities

If you have a question regarding the TRIO Student Support Service, please contact our PBI Director, Meseret Tzehaie at (718-270-4953), or via e-mail

Meseret Tzehaie
Director, PBI Prep, Student Support Services
1150 Carroll Street, C-318