Student Support Services - About Us

Student Support Services is a $1.3 million five-year grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Federal TRiO Programs with the mission of providing academic assistance, personal and academic counseling, and individual support to eligible undergraduate students. The primary objectives are to help participants maintain good academic standing, persist in college, and graduate from the university. Student Support Services participants work with professional staff to identify long- and short term academic and personal goals and the strategies needed to achieve those goals. Student Support Services participants may use individual and/or group tutoring, educational and developmental workshops, supplemental instruction, and other activities that promote academic success. Student Support Services is dedicated to creating a supportive climate that will make the university experience a positive one. The program strives to offer its participants access to all the resources that promote academic success.

The Student Support Services program provides opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The Student Support Services program may also provide grant aid to current Student Support Services participants who are receiving Federal Pell grants. Each year a number of grants are awarded to students who have been active participants in the program and have maintained good academic standing. The goal of Student Support Services is to increase college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.

Services provided by the program may include:

  • Instruction in basic study skills
  • Tutorial services
  • Academic, financial, or personal advising
  • Assistance in applying for graduate or professional programs
  • Information about career options
  • Computer lab access
  • Mentoring
  • Direct financial assistance in the form of grant aid
  • Supplemental Instruction for selected classes
  • Cultural and social activities
  • Supplemental grant aid