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The goals of the MESA-TRIO Program are to support students who are first-generation, who meet the low-income eligibility requirement, and/or who are disabled and seeking support in their STEM or pre-nursing studies. We also provide support to students who are not declared, but who demonstrate a strong interest in science or pre-health fields, such as those enrolled at Solano after high school. Our program offers qualified students access to resources that promote academic success, academic counseling, knowledge of the educational system, and financial literacy.

We primarily assist students who wish to complete their certification or Associates degrees in STEM or pre-nursing fields at Solano Community College in order to enter the workforce. We also provide support for students who wish to transfer to universities in STEM-based or pre-health fields.

The best way to determine eligibility in our program is to stop by the MESA-TRIO Center located in 434 (on the second floor above the counseling offices) for a short 15-minute interview. An appointment can be made by contacting the MESA-TRIO Program Administrative Assistant ( to schedule a short screening. The main requirements of our program are:
  1. The student must be a US Citizen, a permanent resident with a valid (non-expired) Green Card, or have a status that allows the student to receive federal financial aid.
  2. The student cannot possess an Associates Degree (or higher degree) from any institution, worldwide. A student cannot have a certificate from any institution. (There may be some exceptions for certificates; please see the program director for clarification.)
  3. The MESA-TRIO Program supports eligible students who are:
    1. First generation students; or
    2. Students who meet the low-income eligibility; or
    3. Disabled; and
  4. The student must demonstrate some sort of academic need.
Students who have a strong interest in STEM related fields or pre-nursing are encouraged to apply if they qualify for I-IV, above.

Our two-page application can be found here. You can submit the form to one of our staff members in room 434 (above the counseling offices).

If you stop by our office but do not qualify for our program, we will still do what we can to help you get connected to one of our services on campus. We hope that you take the time to stop by.