Student Support Services


  • Provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post secondary education.
  • The SSS program may also provide grants aid to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.
  • The goal of the SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants to help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next.

Activities provided:

  • Academic tutoring, which may include instruction in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science, and other subjects;
  • Advice and assistance in post secondary course selection;
  • Information on both the full range of student financial aid programs, benefits and resources for locating public and private scholarships;
  • Assistance in completing financial aid applications;
  • Education or counseling services designed to improve the student’s financial and economic literacy;
  • For students enrolled in four-year institutions, assistance in applying for admission to graduate and professional programs; and
  • For students enrolled in two-year institutions, assistance in applying for admission to, and obtaining financial assistance for enrollment in four-year programs.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Who May Apply for SSS Grants:  Institutions of higher education or a combination of institutions of higher education are the only entities eligible to compete for funds under the Student Support Services program.

Participant Eligibility:

  • Participant Eligibility for Program Services: To receive assistance, students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a program of post secondary education at a grantee institution. Low-income students who are first-generation college students and students with disabilities evidencing academic need are eligible to participate in SSS projects. Two-thirds of the participants in any SSS project must be either disabled or potential first-generation college students from low-income families. One-third of the disabled participants must also be low-income students.
  • Participant Eligibility for Grant Aid:  To receive SSS program grant aid, students must be current participants in the SSS project who are in their first two years of post secondary education and receiving Federal Pell Grants. Grant aid may be offered to students who have completed their first two years of post secondary education and are receiving Federal Pell Grants if the institution demonstrates that these students are at high risk of dropping out and it has first met the needs of all its eligible first and second-year students.

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