Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
^topWhat is TRIO Student Support Services?
Student Support Services (SSS) is a federal TRIO program that offers services to help participants succeed in college and graduate on a timely basis. Our purpose is to increase retention, graduation, and transfer rates among our students. All services are free and include: academic tutoring; advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection; information on student financial aid programs and scholarships; assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid; education services designed to improve the financial literacy; activities to assist students enrolled in two-year institutions of higher education in applying for admission to, and obtaining financial assistance for enrollment in, a four-year program of postsecondary education; individualized advising for personal, career, and academic matters; and, information, activities, and instruction designed to acquaint students with the range of career options available to students.
Can everyone participate?
No. SSS serves eligible students only. The SSS program is open to students who are currently enrolled at SFSC and are first generation college students (neither parent(s)/guardian(s) have earned a bachelor’s degree), meet federal income guidelines, and/or have a documented disability. Additionally, students must be a U.S. citizen (or national of the United States or meets the residency requirements for Federal Student Financial Assistance).
The program is an exclusive program and can only serve 160 students each academic year. Selection is on a first-come, first-served basis, so do not hesitate to apply.
Why should I become a participant?
SSS provides a personal college "safety net" from the freshman year through graduation. The program can help you build on your strengths and address your areas of concern. By becoming a participant, you will gain access to services and opportunities not available to other students on campus.
If I join SSS, what am I required to do?
It is expected that you will be committed to earning your degree and that you will take advantage of SSS services that meet your academic needs. Additionally, SSS participants are required to meet with their success coach three times each term, complete one workshop, and complete one financial literacy module/assignment.
^topCan SSS help with the transition to college life?
Yes! SSS makes the transition smoother by offering one-on-one advising and career counseling as well as workshops on managing your time efficiently, getting along with instructors, financing your education, planning your four-year degree and beyond, and many other topics.
I have declared a major, but I am not sure it's right for me. Can SSS help?
Absolutely! SSS offers students supplemental academic advising as well as career counseling. SSS can help you to determine a program that best suits you interests, strengths, and long-term plans, then help you to map out which courses you need and when to take them.
How much time does it take to participate in the SSS program?
It depends on which services you decide to use. It can take as little as a few hours to several hours each term. That is up to you.
Does it cost money to join?
No. All services are provided free of charge.
How long can I be in the program?
It is expected that you will remain in the program until you graduate.
^topWho do I contact if I have questions?
Contact the student support services program specialist at 863-784-7291.