SSS is one component of the federal initiative known as TRIO programs. The Student Support Service program is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. SSS has a solid record of success — the average graduation rate (more than 80 percent) for SSS students at Illinois is higher than the six-year average graduation rate for underrepresented students campus wide. 

258 Students
participate in SSS campus-wide.
of SSS students remain in good standing.
of SSS students graduate within 6 years.


We envision a program that works with students to enhance their academic performance, increase retention and graduation rates, and helps prepare them for careers or graduate studies after graduation. We seek to create a vital link between participating students and University resources.


The mission of the program is to encourage students to pursue academic excellence, persist in their collegiate studies and earn their degrees. SSS was designed to help first-generation students and students with limited financial resources. In particular, the program provides one-on-one assistance in the transition from high school to college and from the students' freshman year to graduation.

SSS Works


  • A combination of academic tutoring
  • Individualized counseling
  • Financial literacy programs
  • Cultural and academic events and programs
  • A connection to mentoring opportunities
  • Assistance with career development

SSS provides help with

  • Course selection
  • Navigating financial aid awards
  • Finding scholarships
  • Applying to graduate or professional schools.
TRIO SSS Contact Information

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