Mission College TRIO/SSS ACCESS Program - Eligibility and Application

Students Served

TRIO/SSS ACCESS works with 160 Mission College students who are:

  • Enrolled in at least 9 units/ (6 units if working with DSPS) during the Fall and Spring Semesters.
  • Planning on attaining an A.A./A.S. degree and/or transferring to a 4-year University.
Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for participation in the TRIO/SSS ACCESS program, applicants must first meet these minimum qualifications:

  • Be enrolled at Mission College.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Have submitted a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Meet one or more of these requirements established by the U.S. Department of Education:
    • First-generation to college (neither parent nor legal guardian has received a Bachelor's degree in the United States).
    • Low-income (based on family size).
    • Learning or physical disability (as confirmed through DSPS)

In addition to these minimum qualifications, Federal regulations require TRIO/SSS ACCESS to consider other prioritized requirements, including the following data, among others:

  • Grade Point Average
  • Course Placement  Level
  • Number of Units Completed
  • ... and more


What is the process for applying to the TRIO/SSS ACCESS Program?
  1. Print the TRIO/SSS ACCESS Program Student Application:

    or, pick up an application from the TRIO/SSS ACCESS Program Office located on the first floor of Mission College main building inside office C1-117. If the office is closed, blank application forms can be found in the plastic box on the wall to the right of the TRIO/SSS ACCESS Office door.
  2. Return the completed & signed application, any application-requested verification, and unofficial transcripts (if applicable) to the TRIO/SSS ACCESS Program office or mail it to:

    Mission College
    TRIO/SSS ACCESS Program Office
    3000 Mission College Blvd.
    Mail Stop 10
    Santa Clara, CA 95054


Orientation Application

If you wish to attend the ACCESS Program orientation on August 18th, in addition to the ACCESS Program Student Application, please submit an orientation RSVP.

Other Requirements

Once accepted into the TRIO/SSS ACCESS program, students must meet the following requirements to stay in good standing:

  1. Be enrolled in at least 9 units every semester.
  2. Be working towards maintaining at least a 2.75 GPA.
  3. Complete ACCESS Orientation requirements.
  4. Complete a Grade Progress Form with each professor each semester and turn them in by the end of the 6th week of classes. [In order to comply with Federal requirements, all TRIO/SSS ACCESS students are now required to complete Grade Progress Forms.] Students with Progress Report grades of "C" or lower must make an appointment with a TRIO/SSS ACCESS Counselor to discuss improvement options.
  5. Meet with a TRIO/SSS ACCESS Counselor at least once a semester to create/revise your Education Plan.