TRiO federally funded grants at Columbia College:
All TRiO federally funded programs are designed to assist low-income, first-generation, and/or students with disabilities to attend colleges/universities around the country, with the ultimate goal of completing a bachelor's or advanced degree in a timely manner while achieving the highest GPAs, maximizing all financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and minimizing their student debt. SSS grants are issued for five years and are performance based funding from the Department of Education, via the Higher Education Act of 1965. Columbia College was first awarded this SSS grant in 2010. The college's SSS grant was subsequently renewed in 2015 and again in 2020.
TRiO Educational Opportunity Center programs are designed to reach out across large sections of communities to promote a college-going culture. A variety of services can be provided to meet this broad goal. The Motherlode EOC grant was awarded by Department of Education to the host of Columbia College September 1st, 2016. The grant is scheduled to serve 1,000 people per year, across a five county region of the Sierra Nevada Motherlode: Tuolumne, Calaveras, Amador, Mariposa, and Stanislaus counties. Local partner agency clients, high school students, and the general public are all welcome to apply for services year-round.