TRIO | Student Support Services

The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program is a federally funded program that provides academic and personal support to students from low-income families, first generation college students, and students with disabilities.

Students make many changes when starting college. The extra attention and support from our SSS staff can help make this transition smoother. We will assist you with your personal and academic problems, provide you with career guidance, connect you socially with other students, help you with transfer issues, enhance your study skills and connect you with tutoring opportunities on campus. All services are provided FREE for eligible enrolled Mesabi Range College students. We work with over 200 undergraduate students campus-wide each year.

Welcome from the Director

The Student Support Services family here at Mesabi Range College welcomes you. I want to encourage you to consider joining the SSS family. Our staff partners with over 200 other students each year in their efforts to accomplish their educational goals, and a larger group of over 150,000 students located in SSS programs across the United States.

It is indeed an honor and privilege to be a part of this program. Our office and staff are available to participants at their leisure, The Student Support Services program will assist participants in self-direction, resourcefulness and resiliency through one-on-one guidance focused on academic skills development and personal enrichment. Our goal is to help you become skilled, successful students and college graduates prepared to become a self-actualizing professional and global citizen who lead through best practices and lifelong learning.

Please feel free to come by our offices. We look forward to meeting you.


Jennifer Willard
Director of Student Support Services

Mission and Philosophy

Mesabi Range College provides high quality education resulting in rewarding employment, lifelong learning, and the enriched lives of our students and community.

Our Core Beliefs

We celebrate the differences of all people because we recognize our differences not our similarities make us stronger.
We will at all times treat students and staff ethically, honestly, and openly.
We will work with students to discover new ways of doing things and new ways of looking at things.
We will stay current of trends affecting our program and seek to add to the body of knowledge of trends affecting our program.
We will readily accept and give feedback to ideas offered by students, faculty, administrators, and staff.
We will strive to produce a secure and nurturing environment to foster educational and social progress for students.

Who is Eligible?

TRIO/SSS is open to students for whom one of the following applies:

1. Low-income student

Low-income student means an individual from a family whose taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150% of an amount equal to the poverty level (determined by the Census Bureau.) Please see the SSS Director for specifics on whether or not you qualify under this statement.

2. First generation college student

An individual both of whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree; or any individual who regularly resides with and received support from only one parent, and that parent did not complete a baccalaureate degree.

3. Student with a disability

An individual with a disability or disabilities, including physical, mental, and/or emotional.

How to Join

You apply! Each year, the SSS office meets face to face or identifies, with the help of the Offices of Financial Aid and other offices, admitted students who meet SSS program requirements. These students then complete an application for our program. SSS services only 200 MRC students each year by providing them with academic, social, and cultural support throughout college. This is a voluntary support service; thus, only by returning a completed application in a timely fashion do you have the opportunity to secure a place in the MRC SSS program. By applying to SSS, you will be taking a giant step toward assuring your success at MRC.

TRIO Application