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Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRIO program, one of two at the University of Oregon. As a college retention program, SSS helps undergraduates meet the rigors of higher education and graduate from UO. The program is designed for students whose socioeconomic backgrounds, educational records, and personal situations suggest they may experience challenges at the UO that could be alleviated with use of resources offered by SSS.
“I am so thankful for TRIO. I have become a confident and successful student and learned how to overcome any obstacle. I finally feel like I belong in a college setting, and am so proud I will be completing my sociology degree in the spring.”
BenefitsHow can being an SSS participant help?
Academic Advising: comprehensive and ongoing assistance with course selection and graduation plans, choosing majors and careers, grad school planning and test preparation, negotiating UO systems and decreasing stress
Academic Support: workshops and courses, tutoring for many gen-ed requirements, plus writing, math and study skills assistance
Financial Assistance: Grant Aid and scholarships reserved for SSS participants, assistance completing FAFSA forms and scholarship applications, workshops focused on increasing financial literacy with session on budgets, loans and funding options
Space and Referrals: study area with computer and printer, connections to useful resources
Mentors and Friendship!
Students qualify based on federally defined criteria (meet one of the following):
- neither parent earned a bachelor’s degree
- meets low-income qualifications
- a documented disability, as verified by UO Accessible Education Center (for additional information regarding services for student with disabilities, including testing and accommodations, please visit the AEC.)
Each SSS participant must meet at least one of the above criteria and also be:
- a US citizen or permanent resident
- admitted and enrolled, or eligible to be enrolled, at UO in the current or next academic term
- pursuing a first bachelor’s degree
- in need of academic support
- committed to using academic support to earn a UO degree
Interested in SSS?
As an academic advisor, helping students earn their college degrees is no easy task, but I am honored to be a support system for talented TRIO students on a day to day basis. This job isn’t just any job–it’s experiencing new opportunities, challenges and celebrations with each student that I am privileged to get to know on a personal basis. Whether it’s figuring out what classes to take, or which major to choose, or how to pay for school on limited financial resources, students know they can come to me with any question or concern. When I am not working, I am enjoying time with my 3 children and husband enjoying the outdoors. Fitting in a little bit of running helps keep me balanced as a full time mom!
TRIO Program Assistant