Student Support Services (SSS), funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is a selective-admissions TRiO program dedicated to bridging the connection between high school and college. SSS is part of the Division of Student Affairs, and reports to the Dean of Students.
Student Support Services at Northwestern State University is one of over one thousand SSS programs in American colleges and universities. For more information about the history of SSS, please visit the TRiO Programs Federal Page.
SSS at NSU provides 360 low income, first-generation college and/or students with disabilities with intensive services, including academic and career advising, instruction in academic skills and financial education, financial aid enrollment assistance, peer tutoring, fitness support programs, and other assistance systems designed to maximize students' chance at success in college.
Only students admitted and enrolled at one of the Northwestern State University campuses may be admitted to our program. They must meet eligibility criteria based off of one or more of the following: Low Income, First-Generation Status, or Disability Status. They must also demonstrate academic need as determined by the staff. Once admitted, students are encouraged to complete an Individual Success Plan (ISP) each semester, and must meet with their advisor at least three times a semester to assess their progress in meeting the goals they outlined in the ISP.
Northwestern State University students that participated in the SSS program have consistently graduated at a higher rate then their peers within the University. For the six year period beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year, over 40% of the participants earned bachelor's degrees.