What is Student Support Services?
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Student Support Services is a program devoted to helping students meet the challenges of college life. Our goals are to help students stay in college, graduate and/or transfer to a four-year college or university. Student Support Services staff members are ready and waiting to assist program participants in any way we can. We strive to develop new ways of helping students achieve their educational, career, and personal goals.

Who is eligible to participate?
Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident student is eligible to participate if he or she (1) has been enrolled in or accepted for enrollment at Sinclair, (2) has a program-approved academic need, and (3) meets at least one of the following conditions: Neither parent has a four-year college or University degree. The family taxable income does not exceed the federally determined limit. The student has a documented physical or learning disability. The program is funded to serve approximately 150-200 students, so space may be limited - apply today.

What does Student Services do?
To help students reach their goals, we offer a wide range of services and activities for FREE. We provide various degrees of counseling, including new student orientation, academic advising, personal counseling, and peer mentoring. We also help students with finanical aid application and transfer issues, as well as career planning and exploration. Finally, we seek to enrich and broaden participant perspectives through cultural events.

Where is Student Support Services located?
You can find us on the main Sinclair campus in building 11, on the third floor. We're in room 11-342, next to Academic Advising. Feel Free to call us at (937)512.3550, as well.

How do I participate in Student Support Services?
Just drop by the office to pick up an application. Or, give us a call and we'll be glad to send you an application through the mail, e-mail, or fax.

What is TRIO?
TRIO is a series of programs federally funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Initially consisting of three programs, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and Talent Search. TRIO helps students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to higher education.

How do I get tutoring?
Tutoring is offered by appointment, as well as on a walk-in basis. Call or stop by the SSS office to schedule an appointment time.

Do you help with personal problems?
Absolutely. Counseling is one of our specialties. Call to set up an appointment with one of our program counselors, e-mail, or just drop by. We can also refer you to other professionals as needed.

Do I have to come to the office for help?
While we prefer to work with our students personally, face to face, we understand that sometimes scheduling difficulties and other complications may arise. In such cases, we are happy to help our students over the phone or on-line.

What financial aid support do you provide?
We assist students in completing financial aid applications (FAFSAs) and searching for further financial assistance. We also offer referrals for free tax return preparation. Also, since all students need supplies, SSS provides assistance in this area, too. Through our incentive points program, we make pens, pencils, highlighters, notebooks, and other supplies available for our participants.

What are incentive points?
At Student Support Services, we’re always looking for fun and effective ways to inspire students. To help keep SSS participants feeling involved and motivated we award incentive points for participating in various SSS and Sinclair activities. Participants can then “purchase” school supplies and other bonuses using the points that they have earned. SSS participants can earn points in a number of ways. Some ways to earn points include meeting with a counselor or tutor, attending Sinclair Talks, participating in cultural events and attending four year college/university visits. In short, the more active you are in the program, the more points you will collect. The more points you collect, the better the bonuses will be when you “cash in.”