TRiO Student Support Services
IMPORTANT TRiO SSS ANNOUNCEMENTS:
TRiO SSS Hours of Operation for Spring 2013 Semester:
"We are realizing our potential - together"
The TRiO/Student Support Services (SSS) Program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is a student success program designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of students who are low-income, first- generation college students, or individuals with disabilities. The goal of TRiO/SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and assist students with the transition from one level of higher education to the next. The TRiO/SSS program provides opportunities for academic development, assistance with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.
What is TRiO?
The United States has emphasized an obligation to providing educational opportunity for all Americans irrespective of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. In view of this commitment, the U.S Congress funded a series of federal programs to assist low-income Americans with their entry into college, persistence through course work, graduation, and becoming equipped to participate in America's economic and social life as contributing, self-sufficient citizens. These Programs were funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRiO Programs (Upward Bound (1964), Talent Search (1965), and Student Support Services (1968). Since then, the TRiO program has expanded to include Veterans Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Centers, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, and Upward Bound Math/Science. While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRiO programs support students to overcome social class and cultural barriers to higher education.
TRiO/SSS at Rutgers University-Camden strives to increase retention and graduation rates among program participants. Our goal is to provide assistance and supportive services to 160 TRiO participants in the areas of academic counseling and assistance with course selection, personal counseling, academic tutoring and supplemental instruction, financial and economic literacy, cultural events, academic workshops, career services, computer and study lab, peer mentoring involving SSS upper classmen, and activities designed to foster enrollment in graduate programs.
The TRiO SSS program is currently located in the Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS), Armitage Hall, Room231.