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TRIO SSS Program

Our mission is to guide, support, and retain our students so that they may successfully graduate from Bloomfield College as knowledgeable global citizens.

TRIO SSS is a comprehensive academic support program that assists primarily first-generation, low-income, and/or disabled students to navigate through higher education and graduate within six years. Services include individualized academic coaching, advising, educational workshops, financial literacy support/grant aid, cultural activities, career, graduate school assistance, and an array of academic resources.

The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant was first awarded to Bloomfield College in 2000 and is now refunded through 2025. TRIO SSS is funded to serve 160 undergraduate students annually through the United States Department of Education’s TRIO programs.

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Program Information

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program is a comprehensive academic support program whose mission is to guide, support, and retain its students so that they may successfully graduate from Bloomfield College as knowledgeable global citizens.

All services are provided free of cost to program participants:

  • Academic & personal coaching
  • In-house and online tutorial services
  • Career counseling
  • Financial aid assistance and advocacy with Student Financial Services
  • Financial literacy education
  • First Year Mentor Program
  • Student computer lab
  • Assistance in exploration of course offerings
  • Financial aid advising & award letter review
  • Graduate school & professional school planning
  • Assistance in completing federal and state financial aid applications
  • Cultural and social events
  • Recommendation letters
  • Financial assistance through the SSS Grant
  • Textbook, Laptop, Calculator Loans
  • Monitoring of academic progress

Participants admitted to the TRIO program commit to:

  • Regularly attend monthly one-on-one coaching sessions with TRIO staff
  • Participate in academic and professional development programming until graduation from Bloomfield College
  • Attend at least two TRIO-sponsored events

Eligibility and Admissions

Student must:

  • Be U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student at Bloomfield College.
  • Be in need of academic support

Be any of the following:

  • “First-Generation” college student (neither parent(s) holds a four-year college degree)
  • Income eligible – your family taxable household income is at or below federally determined guidelines
  • Have a documented learning or physical disability

Meet Our Staff

Torina ArmstrongDirector of TRIO SSS STAR Program armstrongto@montclair.edu
Celeste Walden-KelleyAdvisor/Coach, TRIO waldenkellec@montclair.edu
Paul LaTorreStudent Support Services Academic Coach, TRIO latorrep@montclair.edu
Hector RiveraAcademic Advisor (Grant Funded) riverah@montclair.edu


Location: Learning Resource Center, Room 107
Phone: 973-748-9000, ext. 1170
Fax: 973-429-7528
Mailing Address: 467 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003