2019 Student Support Services (SSS) Program

For those who may be interested in applying for the upcoming Student Support Services (SSS) program, please contact us soon to complete a key considerations analysis to determine your potential competitiveness in this competition.

The Student Support Services (SSS) program provides support services to low-income students, first generation college students, and disabled students enrolled in post-secondary education programs. Eligible students may receive (among other services) personal and academic career counseling, career guidance, instruction, mentoring, and tutoring. The goal of SSS program is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next.

All SSS projects must provide: academic tutoring, which may include instruction in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science, and other subjects; advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection, assist student with information on both the full range of student financial aid programs, benefits and resources for locating public and private scholarships; and assistance in completing financial aid applications. Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy and assist students in applying for admission to graduate and professional programs; and assist students enrolled in two-­year institutions and applying for admission to, and obtaining financial assistance for enrollment in four­-year programs.

The SSS projects may also provide individualized counseling for personal, career, and academic information, activities, and instruction designed to acquaint students with career options; exposure to cultural events and academic programs not usually available; mentoring programs, securing temporary housing during breaks for students who are homeless youths and students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system.

There has been a significant change to eligibility guidance this year that should help these programs a lot. In the past it has been challenging to verifying income eligibility for students participating in TRIO programs, including Student Support Services and Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement programs. The Department of Education will now allow the most recently completed FAFSA, based on prior-prior year information, to document income eligibility for participants in the TRIO programs. For any info on this and other changes to this program, please feel free to contact us - kcarter@grantmanagementassoc.com

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