Frequently Asked Questions

TRIO provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and motivates students toward successful completion of their postsecondary education. The mission is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants.

For a thorough list, please refer to our services.

You can read more information on program eligibility.

No, we welcome eligible transfer and upper-level students to apply as well.

No, we accept any students who meet one or more of our eligibility criteria and display the requisite determination to actively participate in TRIO and succeed in college.
Fill out the online application. You can also print out a paper copy and return it to our office in Laffin Hall, Room 112.
Once your application has been received and reviewed, we will contact you to set up an interview with our staff to discuss your goals, our program services, and how these may fit your needs. It's your chance to learn more about who we are and what we do, as well as our chance to determine your willingness and readiness to become an active participant in the program.
First-year students are expected to meet with their Counselor once bi-weekly, or on an as-need basis if more contact is necessary to address a particular situation a student is facing. Upper-level students meet with their Counselor a minimum of twice per semester, or on an as-need basis.
We currently do not provide direct funds. However, we work diligently with our students to obtain on and off campus employment and scholarships, oftentimes providing referrals and reference letters to deserving students. We have hired work-study students in the past for general office work and student tour guides. To learn more about the work-study program, refer to the Financial Aid Office.
All new TRIO students who successfully complete the Summer Bridge program are exempt from paying for orientation. If you paid while already enrolled in TRIO or during the intake process, we help you get reimbursed.
Yes! We support all of our students throughout their entire academic career at Farmingdale to help you graduate! 


Trio Program

Knapp Hall, Rooms 141-145
Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm


Bryan Garcia
Senior Director of Support Programs


Tiffany Jamieson-Ward
Assistant Director


Ken Grotell
Education Counselor and Adjunct Assistant Professor


Branden Fredericks
Technical Support and Student Services Coordinator


Brittany Buchan
Staff Assistant

Last Modified 5/22/23