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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.

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Federal eligibility criteria include:

1 First generation college students (neither parent has completed a bachelor’s degree) 
2 Students who meet federal income guidelines (receiving a Pell grant)
3 Learning/Physically disabled students
4 Students with a combination of the above
5 U. S. Citizens or holders of a residential visa


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TRIO Director
Phone Extension: 1366
Building: South Oasis
Office: 108
STARS Student Advisor
Phone Extension: 1326
Building: South Oasis
Office: 110
TRIO Program Specialist/Administrative Assistant
Phone Extension: 1236
Building: South Oasis
Office: 113
STARS/TRIO/Student Support Services Advisor
Phone Extension: 1720
Building: South Oasis
Office: 111
A.A., Rend Lake College | M.S. & B.S., Southern Illinois University Carbondale
TRIO/Upward Bound Student Advisor
Phone Extension: 1365
Building: South Oasis
Office: 112


note iconStudent 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.

Phone Number: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1366

Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: STARS
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: STARS

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