Participants must be Carleton College students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or refugees pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. They must also meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Low-income level as determined by federal guidelines for family unit size
- First-generation college student (neither parent has a baccalaureate degree)
- Have a documented disability
The Carleton College TRIO/SSS program is currently funded to serve 140 students. Federal regulations require that at least 2/3 of the participants be both first-generation and low-income or have a documented disability. Due to the level of interest in the program by eligible students, compared to the limited space available, most participants are accepted during their freshman year at Carleton.