Student Support Services

Student Support Services


What We Do

We retain and graduate students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds at the highest possible rate, and we foster an academically focused climate supportive of the success of students.

Why should you participate?

Students who participate in SSS are more than twice as likely to remain at UTC and graduate than students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program.

Who We Are

Our purpose evolved out of the belief that students, when provided with the tools, resources, and information necessary for success, will have a greater chance of graduating.

We aim to embody a holistic program that facilitates and customizes services that address the academic and non-academic needs of participants at each level of their college experience.

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Serving UTC Since 1978

SSS is a federal TRIO program funded through a U.S. Department of Education competitive grant process. The current five-year grant totals more than $1.5 million.

The name TRIO stands for the original three programs that were part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. The programs were established by the federal government to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity, or economic situation.

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Future SSS Student

If you meet eligibility requirements and are serious about graduating from UTC, SSS can help. You can become a participant at any level of your undergraduate career, but SSS enrollment is limited.

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Current SSS Student

At the beginning of each fall semester you must request services by completing the Intent to Continue Participation form. This form lets us know you still want to be a part of SSS, and it informs the staff of any needs you may have.

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