College of the Desert
TRiO Veterans Services
The TRiO Veterans Program at College of the Desert is a counseling program designed to assist students
in meeting the challenges of graduating from COD or/and transferring to a four-year university of their
choice. The program is a Student Support Services (SSS) Program under the U.S. Department of
Education’s TRiO Programs.
TRiO Veterans Services Students Benefit From:
Counseling: All participants receive assistance
from their assigned counselor in preparing a
COD Student Educational Plan (SEP), selecting
the appropriate major, associate degree,
certificate and transfer courses,
applying for financial aid, and developing
career goals. These individualized counseling
services are available until student veterans
graduate and transfer from COD.
Graduation & Transfer Assistance: Students
are assisted with selecting the appropriate
courses necessary to receive an associate degree
or a certificate from COD and to transfer to a
Financial Literacy and Scholarship
All students will receive financial
and economic literacy counseling services to
include financial planning for postsecondary
education. Students are provided information on
Federal student financial aid programs and
benefits and resources for locating public and
private scholarships. In addition, participants are
also assisted with completing the application
(FAFSA) for financial aid and scholarships for
their COD enrollment and for their transfer
universities and or colleges.
Cultural Events & College Tours: Participants
are offered opportunities to attend various local
and regional academic and cultural events, such as
college tours and museum visits.
As veterans, students in
the program retain their priority one status and
register for classes on the 1st priority date
assigned for class registration.
Workshops: College Success, Study Skills and
Student Development Workshops help students
develop and enhance important skills allowing
them to achieve and successfully accomplish
their academic goals.
Free one-on-one and tutoring
assistance in most subjects is made available
to all students in both the TRiO Veterans office
and the Tutoring & Academic Skills Center.
Computer Support & Lab: Participants have
access to desktop computers and printers.
Laptop computers (with internet and some with
WiFi) are also available exclusively to TRiO
Vets students to use in the computer lab.
Calculator Loans: Scientific calculators are
available to students to check out for the
TRiO Grants (pending funding): Grants are
available for TRiO Veterans students who
are active participants, in good academic
standing, who receive a Pell grant, and have
substantial unmet financial need.
PLEASE NOTE: THE TRIO VETERANS APPLICATION IS A PROTECTED DOCUMENT AND YOU WILL NEED TO PRINT AND SCAN IF YOU WANT TO SAVE A COPY FOR YOUR PERSONAL RECORDS