TRIO SSS Advisors and students
TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) empowers students to succeed at Inver Hills and transfer to earn a four-year degree by providing academic advising, guidance in the transfer process, and a positive community of support. SSS is one of the federally-funded TRIO programs that provide a pathway to higher education opportunities and success. If you are planning to graduate from Inver Hills and transfer to earn a bachelor's degree, TRIO SSS could be a great fit for you!

Contact Information

TRIO Student Support Services
College Center Room 255


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Online & Phone Hours

Mon. - Wed.: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thur. - Fri.: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

TRIO Student Support Services

Bridge to Success

TRIO Bridge to Success is a unique opportunity only available during fall 2020. There is no cost to students and Bridge to Success supports students throughout their first semester in college to successfully transition from high school to college. Students will meet regularly throughout the fall semester, gain knowledge about Inver Hills resources and opportunities, improve communication and study skills, and develop connections with other students.

Contingent on public health conditions, students may also have the opportunity to earn a free phy ed credit through completing the Outdoor Activity Sampler at the Osprey Wilds in Sandstone, MN. This course has been tentatively scheduled for April 9th to the 11th. Finally, students who complete Bridge to Success and meet academic and participation requirements for TRIO during fall 2020 will be eligible for a $250 scholarship for spring 2021.

Students are eligible for Bridge to Success if they:

  • Have graduated from high school in the past two years (since May 2018).
  • Have not previously taken any college courses after graduating from high school (you are still eligible if you participated in PSEO, CIS, or similar programs during high school).
  • Meet TRIO eligibility requirements (see below).

Apply online and, if you are not a current TRIO student, also submit the TRIO application.

What does TRIO SSS provide?

  • Personalized academic advising, career planning and major exploration
  • College transfer planning
  • Campus visits to four-year institutions
  • Workshops on various topics, including study skills, financial literacy and time management
  • Social and cultural events

How to Join

To join TRIO SSS, you must complete the application (below) and submit it to TRIO in the College Center room 255 or via email at After you apply, you will receive an email from TRIO staff regarding the next steps to join the program. TRIO is now accepting applications for fall 2020.

  2020-2021 TRIO Application

Mail, fax, or scan and email the completed form to:
TRIO Student Support Services
Inver Hills Community College
2500 80th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Fax: 651-450-3677

Why should you join?

  • Connections to campus resources and opportunities
  • Inclusive, supportive community
  • Proactive advising
  • Network of motivated students
  • Personalized transfer planning

Who is eligible to participate?

TRIO SSS selects 140 students a year to participate in the program. In order to be considered, please complete and submit an application to the TRIO office CC255 or via email The staff will review the applications and invite potential students to an intake meeting.

Students must be either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, enrolled in a degree program and taking a minimum of 6 credits. Students must also meet at least one of the following federal eligibility criteria:

  • First-generation college student (parent or guardian did not hold a bachelor’s degree while the student was in high school)
  • Meet federal income guidelines
  • Be eligible to receive accommodations through Disability Services at Inver Hills.


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