The Mission

The program's mission is to increase the retention and graduation rates of these students by offering academic and personal support.


What is Student Support Services?

Student Support Services (SSS) is a $255,504, federally funded TRIO program through the US Department of Education in Washington, DC.

The Student Support Services program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and motivates students to successfully complete their postsecondary education. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.

Services Available for SSS Students

Listed below are services that SSS will provide throughout your college career. We encourage our participants to graduate within four uears, but we also understand that it may take longer. The SSS services will continue to be available for students until their graduation date.

Academic Advising

With the assistance of the program staff, students will develop short-term and long-term goals uniquely tailored to address individual needs. We also provide assistance with registering for classes. In addition, the program staff is also a friendly shoulder to lean on should one of life's many obstacles get in the way of your academic success.

Cultural Enrichment

We offer participants the opportunity to attend numerous events on and off campus that stimulate thought and promote cultural appreciation. Some of the events include attending shows performed on campus at the Laxson Auditorium and outdoor activities with Adventure Outing and attending a Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.

Leadership Development

Our friendly program staff keep students aware of opportunities to develop their organizational and leadership skills. Participants may assume leadership roles by participating in the SSS Leadership Council which helps organize social and educational events where participants can interact and develop friendships.

Grant Aid

We provide direct financial assistance to qualified participants. SSS grant is intended to meet the following goals:

  • Improve student retention by supplementing financial assistance for low-income students with unmet financial needs.
  • Impove academic success by reducing the number of hours students need to work.
  • Provide incentives for students to make timely progess in their degree program and to successfully complete their developmental coursework.
  • Demonstrate support for studens who are actively using SSS resources to facilitate their academic success.

For more information about SSS grant eligibility, please contact the SSS offce at 898-6831.

Graduate Advising

We encourage students to pursue graduate and professional degrees by offering informational workshops which provide an overview of fields of study as well as application processes.

Financial Literacy

Financial workshops are provided throught the year as well as a one-to-one basis. The workshops include: creating a relastic budget, scholarship search, understand the different types of federal fiancial aid, banking and bank statements, saving money and loan forgiveness.