FAQs

What is Student Support Services?
Funded by the Federal Department id Education, Student Support Services is an organization devoted to helping students meet the challenges of college life. Our goals are to help students stay in school, then eventually graduate and/or transfer to a four-year college or university. Our staff of professionals and peer mentors is ready and waiting, on-call to help our 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 American 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 various goals, we offer a wide range of activities for FREE. We provide various degress 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 join 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, so call to set up a time with Frank Bely and Gary Hansen for math/science or Kristin McGee for English/social sciences. Otherwise, just drop by. You can also e-mail questions to either one of our tutors.

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

Do I have to come in 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.

When is .....?
Check our calendar for all the important Sinclair and Student Support Services dates.

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 free tax return preparation. We advocate that 100% of our participants' financial needs for school are met. Also, since all students need supplies, SSS is happy to lend assistance in this area, too. Through our coupon exchange program, we make pens, pencils, highlighters, spiral notebooks, and computer diskettes, etc... available for our participants.

What is Coupon Exchange?
At Student Support Services, we’re always looking for fun and effective ways to inspire students. To keep SSS participants feeling involved and motivated, as well as introduce them to some of our less-patronized services, we are awarding coupons for participating in various SSS activities. Participants can then “purchase” school supplies and other bonuses using the coupons that they have earned. SSS participants can earn coupons in any number of ways. For example, meeting with a counselor, PCA, or tutor will earn you one coupon, while attending a workshop earns you two. In short, the more active you are in the program, the more coupons you will collect. The more coupons you collect, the better the bonuses will be when you “cash in.”

How do I get coupons for the Coupon Exchange, and what prizes are available?
To keep SSS participants feeling involved and motivated, as well as introduce them to some of our lesser-known services, we award coupons for various SSS activites. With the coupons they accumulate, participants can purchase bonus gifts and special services from us.