TRiO Student Support Services (SSS)
AN ACTIVE PARTNER IN STUDENT SUCCESS.
CONNECT ◆ ENGAGE ◆ SUCCEED
TRiO-Student Support Services (SSS) provides opportunities for academic development and serves to motivate students toward successful completion of their undergraduate college experience.
The goal of SSS is to improve academic performance, increase retention and graduation rates and foster an environment that supports undergraduate students.
SSS is a component of the federal TRiO programs, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and established at UT Arlington in 1976.
SSS staff members assist students with selecting courses, setting academic goals, developing strategies for academic achievement, and preparing for meetings with their major academic advisors. Students work directly with our staff to explore current academic needs and the resources available to develop an individualized system of support. Coaching and advising are offered for personal, financial, and career matters.
- Coaching & Guidance
- Financial Education
- and more!
Coaching & Guidance
Each participant works with a Student Development Specialist (SDS) to explore their current academic needs and the resources available to develop a plan of action. The SDS are knowledgeable of UT Arlington's requirements and expectations and help participants find solutions to problems they may encounter.
The focus on individualized coaching and support addresses each participant’s need for improvement and development in the following areas: academics, financial literacy, and personal & social matters.
Our workshops educate and assist participants in developing the necessary skills to graduate and achieve their goals. SSS conducts forum workshops in a number of areas related to academic success. Past topics have included academic and personal development, time management and test-taking skills.
FINANCIAL EDUCATION AND PROGRAMMING
SSS offers information about federal student aid, assistance in applying for financial aid, and activities designed to inform participants about financial and economic literacy.
- Information in applying for financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans, etc.)
- Assistance in applying for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Education/counseling to improve financial and economic literacy
PEER-ASSISTED STUDY SESSIONS AND TUTORING
Tutoring is an active-learning process, requiring the student and tutor to achieve an understanding of course material through one-on-one and small group interaction. SSS tutors are trained extensively and are upper-division students who have been recommended by UT Arlington professors in their tutorial field.
Tutoring sessions are conducted in the TRIO study area located on the 2nd floor in the Central Library.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM BENEFITS
- Career and Major Exploration
- Graduate and Professional School Exploration
- Cultural, Social, and Volunteer activities
- Sense of belonging to the TRIO SSS Community
- Assistance in course selection