Academic, financial and counseling support for students in need

What is TRiO Student Support Services?

TRiO Student Support Services-(SSS) is a comprehensive, federally-funded program that offers academic coaching to students in need of scholarly support to accomplish their educational and career goals at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC). SSS provides assistance at every stage of undergraduate education, whether the student is deciding which courses to take in the first semester or wondering how to prepare for graduation and transfer to a four year college/university. We provide intensive academic, personal, and career counseling to help program participants reach their goals. If students are committed to achieving their academic goals, they will find great benefits in SSS.

Who is eligible to join TRiO Student Support Services?

Services are available to eligible U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are registered in at least 9 credit hour classes at PGCC (non-developmental), demonstrate need for support of academic goals which include: graduation and transferring to a four year university/college AND meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Income Eligibility – A family’s taxable income does not exceed levels set by the federal government which can be found here, if the student is receiving any type of public assistance, or if the student is receiving Social Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), or Vocational Rehabilitation funding.
  • First-Generation College Student – This implies that the student’s custodial parent or guardian does not possess a four-year college degree or if the student has ever been a ward of the state or homeless.
  • Students with Disabilities – The student must have documentation on file and be registered with the PGCC’s Disability Support Services.

Entrance into the program is based upon meeting the outlined eligibility criteria, along with demonstrated academic need & potential for graduation with an Associates and transfer to a four-year institution in a period no greater than three years from entry into the program. Additionally, all decisions will be based upon available space.

What services does SSS provide?

Tutoring  - One-on-One tutoring available virtually or in-person for students each semester. The tutor works with the student in a manner suitable to meet individual needs for an entire semester. Supplemental instruction is also a free service. The tutor attends the class with the students, facilitates a question and answer session after each class, and provides, in a group setting, supplemental instruction to enhance the course lecture.

Academic Advising - Help in understanding and meeting the academic requirements of your declared major. Assistance with course selection, scheduling, registration, and using the college catalog is provided by your advisor who is committed to your success.

Financial Aid & Financial Literacy Advising - Help in applying for and maintaining eligibility for student financial aid and scholarship programs. Additionally, program staff will assist in developing skills to become more financially literate.

Counseling - Assistance in clarifying educational and career goals and meeting the demands of college life. You can also get help with solving personal problems or discussing personal concerns that may be affecting academic progress.

Transfer Assistance - Assistance in preparing for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. SSS professional staff will assist in providing information in making the transfer process a relatively seamless process. Additionally, college tours are a regular feature of each semester.

Cultural and Academic Enrichment -

  • The Kennedy Center
  • U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • 9/11 Memorial and the Museum of Modern Art
  • Howard University School of Pharmacy
  • University of Maryland, College Park School of Engineering
  • STOMP! Off Broadway show

We can help you.

Our staff is committed to providing virtual assistance until further notice. If you are interested in enrolling in the program, please call the program office at 301-546-0681 for more information.


TRiO Support Services Office

Lanham Hall, Room 101A
Phone: 301-546-0681

TRIO Student Support Services Interest Form

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

TRiO Support Services Staff

Debra Greene, M.A.
Program Director, 

Melinda Bolton, M.E.D.

Phyllis Collins, A.S.
Retention Specialist, 

Janneice Williams, B.A.
Program Advisor, 

Angela Hughes Byrd
Office Associate,