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TRiO Programs

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Support for First-Generation College Students!

LASC is home to three TRIO programs: Educational Talent Search (ETS) and two Student Support Services (SSS) grants, TRIO Scholars and TRIO STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). TRIO programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and are designed to assist students overcome, class, social, and cultural barriers to higher education.

These programs are further intended to give support to and provide services for first-generation students who qualify for financial aid, and students who have a disability or are disabled to help them succeed in college and reach their educational goals. In addition, they can assist with becoming familiar with college resources and departments, assist in thriving in college courses, and how to transfer to a four-year college or university. If you are the first person in your family to attend college and are receiving financial aid and/or are a part of LASC’s DSPS (Disabled Students Programs & Services), then you may qualify for one of the SSS TRIO programs which can support you in achieving your academic goals.

If you are in grades 6-12 and plan to be the first person in your family to go to college, or could qualify for college financial aid, and plan to go to college, you may qualify for Educational Talent Search. We also accept those who want to reenter high school to get their GED. You will have the support, inside tips, and resources you need to get ahead in high school, transfer to college, and reach your educational and career goals!

Here are the TRIO programs we offer:

TRIO Scholars

TRIO Scholars offers additional support services to first-generation students who qualify for financial aid, and/or disabled college students wanting to transfer to a four-year college or university of their choice.


TRIO STEM helps first-generation college students who qualify for financial aid who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, or affiliated health science major complete an associate degree and/or transfer to a four-year college.

Educational Talent Search (ETS)

ETS is for first-generation middle and high school students who could qualify for college financial aid and wish to transfer to a four-year college, to prepare for and be aware of all of the resources and opportunities available in college to succeed.