Project Achieve


About TRIO

The program serves Joliet Junior College and Joliet Central High School/Joliet Community with services that increase the retention and graduation rates for students that are from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in relation to First-generation, low-income, and/or documented disabilities.


TRIO/Student Support Services (SSS)

Academic support services program designed to identify and select qualified undergraduate students who, with support, will complete a baccalaureate program.  Awarded to serve 200 eligible JJC students with Academic and personal advising, academic and non-academic workshops, financial and economic literacy, tutoring in math, English, science, and computer science, transfer support, mentoring, four year college and university visits, multicultural events, financial aid and scholarships.


TRIO/Educational Talent Search (ETS)

Academic outreach program designed to identify and select qualified youth who, with support, will complete middle school, high school, enroll in a post-secondary institution, and select careers.  Awarded to serve 500 eligible Joliet Central/Joliet Township community students with Academic and personal advising, mentoring, academic and non-academic workshops, financial and economic literacy tutoring service, financial aid, scholarships and exposure to higher education institutions.


Are you Eligible?

According to U.S. Department of Education guidelines, you are eligible to participate in the TRIO/ programs if you are a U.S. citizen or meet the residency requirements for federal assistance, along with one or more of the following:

  • First-generation college student (neither parent graduated from a four-year institution
  • Low-income (an individual whose family’s taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount, per the Federal TRIO Programs Low-Income Levels).
  • Documented Disability (physical or learning)