Eligibility and Application


How do I become a part of Marshall University’s SSS Program?

You apply by clicking HERE! Each year, Marshall University’s SSS staff identifies, with the help of the Offices of Financial Aid, admitted students who meet SSS program requirements. These students then complete an application for our program. SSS services only 200 MU students (freshman to seniors) each year by providing them with academic, social, and cultural support throughout college. This is a voluntary support service; thus, only by returning a completed application in a timely fashion do you have the opportunity to secure a place in the MU SSS program.

By applying to SSS, you will be taking a giant step toward assuring your success at Marshall University.

What are the eligibility requirements to be a part of SSS?

Student Support Services is a federally funded program designed to serve undergraduate college students who meet at least one of the three eligibility requirements shown below:

      • First-Generation College Student – Parent(s)/Guardian(s) did not graduate with a 4-year degree;
      • Meet Federal Income eligibility requirements; and/or,
      • Have a documented learning or physical disability (the student must have or will need to be registered with Marshall University Offices of Disability Services).

Additionally, students must:

      • Be enrolled full-time at Marshall University at the beginning of their participation with Student Support Services; and,
      • Agree to the conditions of program participation as outlined in the Student Application.

Student Support Services encourages all eligible students to apply for the program as early as possible as only 200 students can be served.  To apply, please complete the online application and email it Beretta Coleman, Program Assistant, at the address on the right. Applications are also available at the Student Support Services Office.  If you would like additional information or have questions, please feel free to contact Beretta by email or telephone as shown on the right.

What are the Benefits of Marshall University’s SSS Program?

Each year there are numerous activities for SSS participants to enjoy and programs to take advantage of.  All activities and programs are provided free of charge to SSS participants.  Additionally, SSS participants benefit from the following services and opportunities:

      • Academic advising:  Formal and informal assistance to select and register for courses
      • Financial Aid Assistance:  Applying for, understanding, and maximizing financial aid packages
      • Computer Lab:  Two In-office computer labs
      • Free Printing:  Unlimited free academic printing (SSS participants only)
      • Personal One-on-One Support:  Trained Student Support Service and TRiO professionals will assist you throughout your entire undergraduate career working to ensure your success
      • Educational Programs: Programs hosted for students to gain knowledge about topics such as: college majors, interview skills, healthy relationships, etc.
      • Social Programs: Programs hosted for students in various locations for socializing such as: game night, movie night, ornament decorating, etc.
      • Study Skills Course:  Time management, mid-term and final exam preparation, stress reduction, test taking, note taking, learning styles
      • Summer Build-Up Program:  Pell Grant eligible Freshman and Sophomore students’
      • Supplemental Instruction:  An academic support program targeting difficult courses and offers regularly scheduled review sessions
      • UNI 101:   Freshman orientation to help you acclimate to campus, get to know your SSS counselor and other SSS participants
      • Postgraduate Assistance:  Help with financial aid, provide fees and study material for entrance exams for postgraduate studies

While activities vary from year to year based upon current funding, in past years some of the activities and cultural events enjoyed by SSS participants have been:

      •  White water rafting
      •  Snow Tubing
      •  Sports Events
      •  Dinners
      •  Movies
      •  Office Parties
      •  Amusement Parks
      •  Awards Dinner