TRIO Fire Spark

TRIO Fire Spark Program


Learn more about UIC's TRIO Program:
TRIO is a federal program at the University of Illinois that is funded by the Department of Education. TRIO Student Support Services-SSS is one of 7 TRIO programs; SSS accepts and works with students that identify as low-income first-generation (meaning neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree), or students who fall under either criterion and/or with disabilities. The program is designed to provide students with assistance in academics, career preparation, cultural enrichment and financial literacy. The goal of the program is to:
• Assist individual TRIO participants through to post-baccalaureate degrees, or career goals
• Help in navigating academic challenges
• Provide internal or external scholarship information and assistance
• Coach students in effective learning tools, or strategies, and provide tutoring assistance
• TRIO works to advocate when necessary.

TRIO SSS is a diverse group of students from different cultures so the program designs activities and outings to enrich the cultural acuity of the TRIO student participants.
The program provides:
• Advising - both academic and personal,
• An area to study or rest with printing and computers,
• Camaraderie with other TRIO students,
• Cultural excursions or events, (free to TRIO participants)
• graduate school preparation and tours
All interested students are required to fill out an application and submit 3 documents which are needed for proof of enrollment and financial aid. TRIO personnel will follow-up with each applicant to complete the enrollment. Any former TRIO participants are encouraged to apply.


July 27-28, 2020


12:00-3:00 p.m. for both days


Any students, that are first time freshman or transferring, and who are going to attend UIC in the fall of 2020 can apply. TRIO accepts students who are Pell eligible, first generation, low income and / or with disabilities. Students who complete or attend Summer college Math 090 or 110 are encouraged to apply if they meet the qualifications for TRIO SSS.

To register: login to, click on UIC Connect and scroll down to Summer College.


Paula Benton Pierce
Assistant Director

TRIO Student Support Services
Student Services Building (SSB), Suite 2720
Phone: 312.996.5046