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TRiO Student Support Services

What is Student Support Services?

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally-funded initiative established to increase the post-secondary persistence and graduation rates of eligible students. All students in the SSS program are enrolled in post-secondary education, must meet requirements set forth by the Department of Education, and exhibit academic need. Wallace Community College has been home to Student Support Services since 1984. Wallace has approximately 4,000 students enrolled each year, 80% of whom qualify for SSS. The TRiO staff is committed to providing intensive, supportive, and proactive services that prepare our students for a rigorous educational pursuit. 

What Services Are Provided by SSS?

  • Provide academic tutorial assistance using both professional and peer tutors. 
  • Supplemental instruction in English, reading, and mathematics. 
  • Assist in completing and filing the FAFSA (Free Application Federal Student Aid).
  • Provide information regarding scholarships and financial aid programs. 
  • Develop awareness of financial and economic restraints.
  • Solidify college access for participants through a network of partners at four-year colleges and universities.
  • Career planning and exploration.
  • Expose students to cultural events.
  • Explore study skills, financial literacy, resume building, etc. through extensive workshops provided in house or online. 

What are the Eligibility Requirements?

Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident is eligible to receive services from this federally-funded program as long as he or she has academic need AND meets at least one of the following criteria:
  • First-generation college student (neither parent graduated from a four-year college).
  • Family's taxable income does not exceed levels set forth by the federal government. 
  • Student has a disability and is registered with the Office of Disability Services. 
Openings are limited and preference is given to students who meet the limited income level requirements and are first-generation college students or disabled as well as students who are enrolled in any associate degree program with the intent to transfer to a four-year college or university. 

What are the Expectations of an SSS Participant? 

  • Participant agrees to strive for 100% class attendance and 100% class completion.
  • Participant agrees to maintain at least a 2.00 (C) GPA. 
  • Participant agrees to contact TRiO SSS staff prior to withdrawal from the college.
  • Participant agrees to attend tutoring sessions as scheduled. 
  • Participant agrees to attend mid-term evaluation sessions.
  • Participant agrees to participate in at least one (1) cultural enrichment event per semester. 
  • Participant agrees to complete three (3) academic enrichment workshops. 
  • Participant agrees to attend at least one (1) four-year college/university campus visit. 

Where is Student Support Services Located?

Dothan Campus:
Grimsley Hall Room 110

Sparks Campus: 
Administrative Building Room A7

Our Motto

"One transferee is the gateway for others to achieve their highest educational pursuit."