TRIO advisors offer encouragement and guidance to help program participants select courses to complete an associate degree at Oakton and/or transfer to a four-year college or university. TRIO staff also can help students develop effective study strategies, as well as explore career and major options.
Individual and group tutoring are available to TRIO students free of charge. Many students make tutoring a part of their weekly schedule. The TRIO coordinator can arrange individual, regular tutoring appointments in math for TRIO participants with our professional math tutor for weekly, one-on-one, 50 minute appointments.
College Success Strategies
TRIO hosts and collaborates with campus partners to hold a series of workshops and provide individual consultations for students to enhance their knowledge of attitudes, behaviors, and skills necessary to be successful in college. For eligibile students, TRIO offers a one-time, three-credit tuition waiver in a COL 101, COL 103, COL 108, COL 110, COL 120, CIS 101 or three of the four credits for CIS 103. These courses may assist students in further developing college success skills or computer literacy necessary to support their success.
Transfer assistance includes helping students explore options at four-year colleges and universities, arranging visits to open houses, and completing financial aid and college applications. TRIO staff may accompany you to meet admission representatives and department chairs at nearby institutions. Yearly, we organize trips to visit both in-state public and private colleges/universities.
Financial Assistance / Scholarship Search
Applying for financial assistance to help pay for college can seem overwhelming. TRIO advisors will take the mystery out of financial aid paperwork by helping students complete the FAFSA and other financial aid forms required for federal and state assistance. In addition, advisors assist students in researching and applying for various scholarships.
Cultural Events and Activities
TRIO sponsors trips to local theaters, museums, and musical events and even pays for admission to Oakton Performing Arts Center events.
Technology Assistance: Laptop and Calculator Loan Program
To assist with academic needs, TRIO offers a limited number of free laptops and graphing calculators to TRIO participants on a temporary basis.