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The eligibility requirements for the TRIO program are determined by federal guidelines. To be eligible, all students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident; and
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate; and
  • Be accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled at Wenatchee Valley College in a college-level program; and
  • Intend to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a bachelor's degree; and
  • Not already have a degree from a four-year college or university; and
  • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent nor guardian has graduated from a four-year college or university) OR be low-income (according to federal guidelines*), OR have a documented disability and are registered with the Special Populations Coordinator.

*Refer to the Federal Low-Income Guidelines Table below. For families with more than eight members, add $6,720 for each additional family member.

                                   Household Size   Taxable Income
  1 $19,140
  2 $25,860
  3 $32,580
  4 $39,300
  5 $46,020
  6 $52,740
  7 $59,460
  8 $66,180

Application Process

1. Complete the WVC Admission Application.

2. Complete a TRIO SSS Application and short-essay response. Forms may be mailed to the following address or emailed to

Wenatchee Campus    
Wenatchee Valley College     
1300 Fifth Street    
Wenatchee, WA 98801    

3. Submit a copy of the following documents to TRIO SSS:

  • HS transcript if less than 2 quarters completed at WVC.
  • If you are a permanent resident, attach a photocopy of your Resident ID card.
  • If you have attended other community colleges, include a copy of your unofficial transcripts.
  • FAFSA completion confirmation. Apply at
    • Need FAFSA Application or most recent tax return (for income verification)
    • Financial Award Letter