Student Support Services

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program designed to provide a variety of services to help students complete an associate degree and move on to a bachelor degree. To apply for the SSS program, students must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. First Generation- Neither parent received a four-year college degree before the student was 18 years-old, and/or
  2. Students with low income- Student is receiving federal financial aid such as a Pell grant, or the student's household taxable income meets federal financial guidelines, and/or
  3. Disability- The student has a disability which has been documented through SUU's Disability Resource Center

Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and enrolled as a full-time student at SUU. After submitting an intake form, applicants must attend an application session and interview with the Director of Student Support Services, Dr. Rhiannon Pitchford.

Fore more about the benefits of being a Student Support Services participant, click on the Services Offered Tab

SSS provides tutoring in the areas of math (up to MATH 1050), English (up to ENGL 2010), and general science from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

SSS offers supplemental advising in the areas of academics, career, and finance, along with the following courses: MATH 0953, MATH 0993, UNIV 1053.


SSS Vision

The Student Support Services program and its personnel will provide opportunities for participants to practice self-direction, resourcefulness and resiliency through one-on-one advising focused on academic skills development and personal enrichment. Through our involvement we hope that participants will become successful students, college graduates, respected professionals, and ultimately global citizens who will practice lifelong learning, essentially being students of life. 

Our Mission

Student Support Services seeks to support promising students from disadvantaged backgrounds in meeting the challenges of higher education by strengthening and developing their academic and self-management skills. The SSS program's focus is to ensure that participants persist in school, graduate from Southern Utah University with an associate degree, and move on to a baccalaureate program. To accomplish these objectives SSS provides services to enhance students' academic success, personal skills, and social skills. Providing services in these areas corresponds to the University's mission to foster lifelong learning. 

To fulfill the program's focus, as we've outlined in our mission statement,  the Southern Utah University Student Support Services program focuses on these following goals:

  • Recruit eligible students who meet federal low income, disability, and/or first generation guidelines:
  • Increase retention & graduation of SUU students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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