Q: What is SSS?
A: SSS is a program funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education designed to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

Q: What is the purpose of SSS?
A: The goals of the program are to increase college retention, graduation, and transfer rates of students enrolled in the program.

Q: Who is eligible for the SSS program?
A: Students must meet federal income guidelines, be currently enrolled as a first-generation college student, have a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability, and have an academic need for academic assistance.

Q: What is a first generation student?
A: A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree.

Q: How do I enroll in SSS?
A: Access the SSS website for enrollment steps or visit with SSS staff at Central Carolina Technical College, main campus in Sumter, building M100, room M31, or call for an appointment at (803) 778-7844.

Q: Do I need to provide any documentation?
A: Yes, along with the completed application form, bring a copy of your parent or guardian’s most recent federal income tax or your tax return, current CCTC semester schedule, and a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR).

Q: What kind of assistance can I get from the SSS program?
A: Eligible students can receive supportive services such as; academic advising tutoring, counseling, financial aid assistance, career planning, academic development, cultural enrichment activities, college visits, and transfer planning.

Q: Can I get paid while in the SSS program?
A: No, eligible students may receive grant aid after completing one active semester in TRIO SSS. Please note that all required qualifications must be met as specified on grant aid application.