Student Support Services

The Office of Student Support Services (TRiO/SSS) is a federally funded grant program through the U.S. Department of Education providing support for students in meeting their academic, personal, career and other education-related goals. To qualify, participants must be enrolled at COM and be in need of academic support. In addition, the student must meet one of the following:

  1. Be a first-generation college student (neither parent has a four-year college degree),
  2. Be financially disadvantaged,
  3. Be homeless,
  4. Be a foster child, or
  5. Have a disability according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

To obtain information about the program and application process, visit the TRiO Office in the Student Center, Room 212; call 409-933-8525; or go to the TRiO website at http://www.com.edu/student-services/trio-program.  

All available services are free to qualified applicants and include:

  • Academic advisement
  • Career counseling
  • Financial aid information
  • Tutorial assistance
  • Transfer trips to four-year colleges and universities
  • Field trips to cultural events
  • Referral to on and off-campus resources
  • Orientation to the program and the campus
  • College success workshops
  • Laptop Loan Program
  • Financial literacy

Upward Bound Program

The Upward Bound (UB) Program is a federally funded TRiO program established by the U.S. Department of Education providing support for high school students in meeting their academic, personal, career and other education-related goals. To qualify, students must:

  • Be currently attending: Dickinson High School, Hitchcock High School, or La Marque High School
  • Be at least 13 years old
  • Have completed 8th grade but has not completed the 12th grade
  • Demonstrate academic potential
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. legal resident
  • Meet income guidelines

Once accepted, a UB student can participate through high school graduation. All services are provided at no cost to participants. Students from eligible high schools should contact the high school counselor or visit the UB Office in the Student Center, Room 212, or call 409-933-8525 to obtain information about the program and application process. For more information, see the Upward Bound webpage at www.com.edu/high-school-programs/upward-bound.