Student Transfer And Retention Support
Our STARS Program is a Student Support Services grant, funded by the U. S. Department of Education as a component of TRIO. It is designed to help eligible Rend Lake College students make the most of their college years by offering the advisement and academic support that may be needed to successfully complete a college degree and transfer to a four-year university. The STARS Program assists 160 Rend Lake College students each year.
Anyone who is a Rend Lake College student at the present time may apply for admittance into the STARS program. To apply, simply stop by the STARS office in the South Oasis and fill out an application, or print an application from this website and return it to the STARS office. The STARS staff will review the application and notify you within two weeks if you are selected.
Federal eligibility criteria include:
First generation college students (neither parent has completed a bachelor’s degree)
Students who meet federal income guidelines (receiving a Pell grant)
Learning/Physically disabled students
Students with a combination of the above
U. S. Citizens or holders of a residential visa
Student Support Services is a grant developed in 1965 under Title IV of the Higher Education and Cooperation Act and is administered by the U. S. Department of Education. There are over 900 Student Support Services programs serving college students nationwide. Rend Lake College was awarded a TRIO Student Support Services grant for the first time in 1997.