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Student Support Services ProgramDepartment of Education

The Student Support Services (SSS) program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their post secondary education. The SSS program at Odessa College is 100% federally funded at $267,986 annually.  The SSS program may also provide grant aid to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.

Services Provided by the Program Include:

  • Instruction in basic study skills
  • Tutorial services
  • Academic, financial, or personal counseling
  • Assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in four-year institutions
  • Assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in graduate and professional programs
  • Information about career options
  • Mentoring
  • Special services for students with limited English proficiency
  • Direct financial assistance (grant aid) to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.

Here is the link to the Department of Educations Website for Student Support Services. All information above can be accessed through the link below:
http://www.ed.gov/programs/triostudsupp/index.html

Odessa College Student Support Services Program has been in existence since 1998 and is currently in the final year of its second four-year grant cycle. SSS shares its office space with another Trio Program, Educational Opportunities Center.

Requirements to Stay Active/ Avoid SSS Probation or Suspension:

  • Complete one learning activity per semester. 
  • Complete one cultural activity per semester.
  • Complete the scholarship applications every spring semester. 
  • Pick up two newsletters per semester.
  • Abide by any standards or requirements assigned by the SSS Staff.
  • Copies of the SSS Student Handbook available in SSS office.

Failure to comply with the requirements will cause the student to be put on SSS Probation which could lead to termination from the program.

Odessa College Student Support Services Application Information

Please make sure to answer all questions.  The U.S. Department of Education requires verification of your income status.  Please bring a copy of your most recent IRS Income Tax Forms for: Yourself: if you file as an individual and you are not claimed as a dependent on someone else's income tax forms...or Your parents (or other guardian) if you are a dependent on someone else's income tax forms. 

We recommend you keep a copy for your records.  If you have any questions or comments please contact Student Support Services at (432)335-6476 or come by our offices located on the 2nd floor of the SUB building Room 213.  Thank you for your interest in our program and we look forward to meeting with you soon.

Click Here to view and print off an application (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

               or

Click here to Apply Online!


TRIO Programs Information
www.trioprograms.org

Established by the federal government through the Educational Opportunity Act of 1964, TRIO Programs have helped approximately 2 million students graduate from college. The purpose of these programs is to provide and ensure equal opportunities for education to all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic status. TRIO programs consist of seven divisions, two of which we have at Odessa College: Upward Bound and Student Support Services. Trio programs are unique for several reasons, one being that most programs serve less than 250 students, which provides for more personal interaction between students and TRIO staff. Also, the program is targeted toward low-income and first-generation college students. With participation in the programs, students are supported and encouraged as they work to move higher and overcome social and economic obstacles. Students receive assistance in college admissions, applying for financial aid, tutoring, and exposure to cultural events. Another unique feature of TRIO programs is the direct grant funding from the federal government that is decided by rank based on competitive proposals. This feature allows the programs to be placed and utilized where they are most needed.


Funding made possible by the US Department of Education.
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