Student Support Services

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally-funded program that provides eligible students additional support to graduate or transfer to a four-year institution. The program, established in 1977, serves 180 students each semester.

You are eligible for SSS if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and:

  • Neither of your parents received a bachelor’s degree before you were 18
  • Or you have a documented disability
  • Or you have a low income, according to the federal definition of a low income
  • Have an academic need (low test scores and grades, repeated courses, etc.)
  • Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science majors

SSS awards several scholarships of approximately $1,100 to cover expenses that other financial aid has not covered. SSS also provides participants, for a small refundable fee, with a laptop computer that can be borrowed for one week at a time. Student also can use a small computer lab.

Freshmen often change their majors two to four times before they graduate, but SSS provides career and academic counseling to help you identify and refine your goals so you can finish your education as efficiently as possible. SSS also helps students form study and social groups that contribute to success.

SSS sponsors tours to give participants a first-hand look at area universities. The trips often are combined with excursions to see plays and other productions with tickets provided by SSS. The organization helps students make the switch to a four-year university by working with the selected university to arrange the most advantageous credit transfer possible.

SSS students are required to participate in at least two listed activities each semester.

If you believe you might be eligible for SSS, but have not heard from the office, please stop by the Advising Center and fill out a Student Support Services intake form.