• Student Success Program


  • If you identify as first-generation, low-income, or as a member of an under-served community, Mt. Hood's Success Programs can support you throughout your college journey. Here's how:

    We offer:

    • Coaching for academic success
    • College and career navigation
    • Connections to on-and off-campus resources
    • Extra support for first-generation students via our Mt. Hood Scholars Program
    • Extra support for students receiving SNAP via our STEP Program
    • Extra support for young adults completing high school or their GED via the PDX Bridge Program

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What’s this program all about?

    We have staff and resources focused entirely on helping you succeed at Mt. Hood. The programs provide a variety of supports--including those listed above--for marginalized communities, including BIPOC, LGBTQA+, first-generation and low-income students.

    Who is eligible?

    Eligibility varies depending on the program, but some characteristics of our students include:

    • First generation: first in their family to attend college
    • Receiving or are eligible for SNAP Food Stamp benefits, OHP, TANF, WIC, SSI, SSID, unemployment, PELL, Oregon Opportunity grant
    • Low income
    • Identify as a member of an underrepresented community (communities of color, immigrant, refugee, living with a disability, etc.)

    If you are eligible, there is no cost to enroll in student success programs. See the STEP and Mt. Hood Scholars webpages for more information on eligibility for each program.

    What’s in it for you?

    Dedicated staff and resources to help you succeed at Mt. Hood. As a student in a success program, you will receive:

    • Direct financial support services to help with college costs: class tuition and fees (typically the first 1 – 2 two terms at MHCC), textbooks/packets, tools/supplies, transportation, emergency utility and/or living expenses etc.
      Type and amount of direct financial support services depends on grant eligibility and funding availability.
    • One-on-one support from a Student Success Specialist
    • Help navigating the challenges of college life
    • Career exploration and job search assistance
    • Connections to on- and off-campus resources and services
    • Support to help you complete your GED/ESL/IECC/ABS classes and transition to credit classes at MHCC

    People requiring accommodations due to disability should contact the Accessible Education Services Office at 503-491-6923 or aes@mhcc.edu. Please call or email at least two weeks prior to event.