Student Support Services (SSS) is a program within the Office of Educational Opportunity (OEO) and TRIO Programs, a departmental unit within the Division of Student Affairs at Georgia State University. All SSS services are aimed at increasing the academic potential of SSS participants and are provided at no cost to eligible students.
Mission and Goal
The goal of the Program is to increase retention and graduation rates of college students who demonstrate academic need and are first-generation, and/or low income, and/or have a documented disability. This goal is based upon the belief that all students, regardless of age, family background, learning style, or presence of a disability, should have equal opportunity to reach their full personal, academic, and career potential.
Who is eligible to join the Student Support Services Program?
To be eligible for admission and qualify for the free services offered through SSS, students must demonstrate academic need and meet one of the following eligibility criteria:
- Be a first-generation college student
- Demonstrate financial need (or low income status)
- Have a documented disability, including LD and/or ADD with documentation on file in the Office of Disability Services
How can I join the Student Support Services Program?
Program information is available in the SSS office, located in 145 Sparks Hall. Potential participants must complete necessary paperwork, which is available in the office. Once the paperwork is completed, the student must schedule an intake/assessment appointment with an SSS staff member. After the intake/assessment appointment, applicants will be notified within 1-2 weeks regarding program acceptance.
What free services can I take advantage of as an SSS participant?
- Individualized Tutoring
- Academic Problem Solving Skills Assistance
- Personal Advisement
- Assistance with Degree Planning and Course Selection
- Academic Advisement
- Grant Aid
- Career Advisement
- Child Care Assistance (CCAMPIS Grant)
- Individual Action Plan
- Access to Free Printing, Copying, and Scanning Services
The purpose of the SSS program is to help students throughout their college career by making accessible to them the necessary tools and resources needed for degree completion. Because the program can serve only a limited number of participants, it is very important that, once accepted, participants utilize every possible service offered.
As a current SSS participant, expectations are:
- Use the services offered on a weekly basis until graduation (i.e. workshops, computer lab, tutoring, counseling, etc.)
- Complete a mid-semester academic review
- Attend at least two workshops per semester
- Notify SSS if any of your contact information has changed
Participants are offer individualized tutoring sessions to all of our participants. We have a great team of dedicated and personable tutors who strive to help each student excel academically. Group tutoring sessions are available upon request.
We monitor our studentsâ progress as they matriculate through their academic studies. Individual academic assessments are a key feature of this program in which each student is given individual advisement solely on their major and career goals.
Community Service Learning Projects
We encourage students with opportunities to contribute to Georgia State University and the greater Atlanta area through active volunteer programs. Our students serve as tutors and role models for younger students in the Atlanta area.
Financial Aid Assistance
Grant aid is available to eligible students. Furthermore, we actively inform students about possible scholarships and fellowships that are available here at Georgia State University and outside of the university.
Our workshops are academically and culturally enriching. During our workshops students learn how to become viable candidates for graduate programs as well as the work force.
Career Exploration & Development
Academic maps are created for each student based on their individual career choices. Students are provided with information to assist them during their academic journey.
Hands-on interactive field trips are a great addition to the SSS-STEM Program. Students go behind the scenes and learn what itâs like to really work in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field at places like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia Aquarium, GE Smart Grid Technology Center, and the Georgia State Visualization Wall to name a few.
Computer Lab with Free Printing & Scanning
Students have access to free internet, printing, and scanning services.