TRIO Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about TRIO

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How do I know if I’m eligible to apply? 

You are eligible to apply if:

  • You are a first-generation college student, have a documented disability, and/or you consider yourself low income (may receive the Pell grant) 
  • You are at least a half-time admitted student 
  • You attend any of the Evergreen campuses (Olympia, Tacoma, Native Pathways) 
  • You are a U.S. citizen or “permanent resident” 

Even if you are still unsure, apply! Each application goes through a review process to determine eligibility and need. 

What if I applied last year and didn’t get in?

You need to apply again! Circumstances may have changed to make you eligible for the program.

I submitted my application. What happens next?

Once you have submitted your application, one of our staff will contact you via phone or email to schedule an intake with one of our Academic Specialists within 1-2 weeks. This is a one-hour appointment that helps us to get to know a bit more about you and what you need to be successful at Evergreen.   

If you haven’t heard from us within 2 weeks, or think you missed our message you can contact us at and set up an appointment with an Academic Specialist. 

I heard that TRIO has scholarship opportunities. Can you tell me more about that? 

As a part of TRIO, students have the opportunity to apply for TRIO-specific scholarships and/or tuition waivers during winter quarter each year. Students are required to submit a one-page essay in addition to their general Evergreen scholarship application as these are part of the regular Evergreen Foundation’s offerings. A limited number of awards are available so not all who apply will be awarded. 

I heard that there are TRIO classes offered each quarter. Can you tell me more about that? 

We offer 2 credit TRIO classes for all TRiO eligible students each quarter. These classes offer support in areas such as college success skills, critical reading and writing, scholarships, financial literacy, career development, and graduate school preparation.