All enrolled students are automatically eligible to receive general student services. Some institutions also offer additional programs that provide a higher level of support. These typically require students to apply and meet specific eligibility requirements.
Students should research what programs are available at the institutions to which they are applying. Encourage students to apply to a support program if they meet eligibility requirements.
Examples of Major Support Service Programs
TRiO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS)
Description: The Student Support Services is a federal program that provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.
Services Typically Provided: Academic advising, college transfer planning & university visits, cultural and social activities, financial aid & scholarship assistance, financial literacy education, mentoring, student mentors, tutoring, and workshops & learning opportunities.
Eligibility: Eligibility includes, but is not limited to the following (Note: an institution may have additional specifications).
U.S. citizen or permanent resident
One or more of the following:
A first generation college student (neither parent has received a four-year college degree).
A student with limited income (according to federal standards).
Description: CAMP is a federally funded program designed to assist first-year college students from migrant and seasonal farm worker families, in their pursuit of higher education. CAMP offers pre-college transition and first-year assistance to help students develop the skills necessary to insure continued enrollment and eventual graduation. In addition, the program provides support services to satisfy the educational and personal needs of each participant.
Services Typically Provided: Financial assistance and scholarships, academic assistance, peer mentoring, career planning services, college visits, cultural enrichment opportunities, and more.
Eligibility: Freshman students from migrant and seasonal farm working backgrounds at the following institutions: University of Washington, Washington State University, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Columbia Basin College, Wenatchee Valley College, and Heritage University (As of 2015-16).
Website: http://www.readysetgrad.org/college/passport-foster-youth-promise-program Description: State program for eligible foster youth. Youth can receive scholarships and other forms of financial aid that will help pay tuition and living expenses for up to five years of college. Scholars receive guidance from college academic and financial aid counselors, assistance finding housing during school breaks and over the summer, special consideration for the State Need Grant and State Work Study financial aid programs, and help finding student employment.
Services Typically Provided: Passport students also may opt-in for personalized help and support services from the College Success Foundation.
Have been in Washington state, federal, or tribal foster care after age 15.
Enroll at least half-time in an eligible college, apprenticeship, or pre-apprenticeship by their 22nd birthday.
Maintain Washington residency.
Not pursue a degree in theology.
Be working toward earning their first bachelor’s degree, associate degree, or certificate.
If approved for Passport, students must notify the college financial aid office of their eligibility. They also can contact the Designated Support Staff person at their college to begin receiving help for navigating through college. Find out more info and apply…
MESA Community College Program (MCCP)
Description: The MESA Community College Programs are the newest additions to Washington MESA’s educational programs and services. Supported with funding from the Nation Science Foundation (NSF), WA MCCP aims to increase the number of underrepresented (African American, Native American, Latino, and Pacific Islander/Hawaiian) community college students who successfully transfer to four-year institutions and earn STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) bachelor’s degrees.
Services Included: Activities and support to help increase the number of traditionally underrepresented students receiving a bachelor’s degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline, including: academic excellence workshops, orientation course, academic and career advising, student professional development and links to STEM societies, administrative support, and a MESA study center. The program also includes transfer support to University of Washington and Washington State University.
Eligibility: MESA program recruits and retains a cohort of 60 students from the time they enroll in the program to the time they graduate and transfer to a four-year university. The students that MESA serves must have the intent to transfer to a four-year university, come from a traditionally underrepresented group in the STEM fields, be pursuing a STEM major, and be financially and educationally disadvantaged. Contact the Director (listed under “Individual Campus Contacts”) to see if you are eligible and learn more! MCCP institutions include:
It can be helpful to share a paper copy of a college application with students before they begin completing the form online. Students can see what will be asked, start a rough draft in Microsoft Word. When they are ready, they can then transfer the information to the electronic application and submit online.
Another resource for students is the 12th Year Campaign: College Application Campaign Student Workbook, which can be found at: http://readysetgrad.org/educators/grad/college-application-campaign. This workbook includes sections like:
Frequently Asked Questions during Application Completion.
College Application Checklist, which resembles a blank college application.