Student Support Services


Student Support Services (SSS) is one of three education centered "War on Poverty" legislations proposed under the President Lyndon B. Johnson Administration and ratified into law by the U. S. Congress between 1964 and 1968, in response to a national poverty rate that hovered around nineteen percent. Two pre-college programs, Upward Bound (1964) and Educational Talent Search (1965), and the college-based Student Support Services (formally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students) program eventually became known as TRIO Programs. These are the first college access and retention programs implemented nationwide to combat social and cultural barriers that impede disadvantaged students from gaining access to and graduating from American colleges and universities. By 1998, an additional eight programs were founded to serve students, displaced workers, and veterans.

The Student Support Services program at Savannah State University was established in 1992. Grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education, SSS annually serves 175 low-income, first-generation, and disabled college students. Under the current five-year grant funding cycle (2015-2020), SSS expects to apply $1,496,780 towards facilitating the college success of program participants. The services listed are designed to promote retention, matriculation, graduation, and graduate and professional program enrollment.


Student Support Services provides academic support and retention services that help students successfully matriculate and graduate with a baccalaureate degree. These services prepare students to excel within our global community and marketplace.


Student Support Services at Savannah State University will be an exemplary TRIO program. The guiding principle for SSS is Service Excellence, which will be accomplished by being accountable, engaging, friendly, professional, resourceful, responsive, and safe.

Program Location / Offices / Learning Center / Contacts

Student Support Services is located in Whiting Hall:
College Success Coaches / College Success Assistants Room 122
Student Support Services Center for Success Room 122
912 358-4483

Student Support Services Program and Personnel Mailing Address:
Savannah State University
Box 20489
Savannah, Georgia 31404