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Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) provides advising, academic assistance, mentoring and career-related services to eligible first-generation and low-income undergraduates at DePaul to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and help students make the transition from college to career. Since 1997, DePaul's SSS program has assisted approximately 2,000 students on the path to timely attainment of the baccalaureate degree.

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Student Support Services at DePaul University is a U.S. Department of Education TRIO Program supported by 83 percent federal funds and 17 percent in university funds for the 2013-14 academic year.

Program Overview

The Student Support Services program is built on effective principles of student success, including strong, holistic advising; essential learning strategies; and engagement with the DePaul community.

SSS participants have access to advisors who work with students to resolve academic planning, career development and financial aid concerns; schedule individual tutoring and supplemental instruction to strengthen academic performance; and introduce student and alumni mentors to develop and refine future education and career plans.

Services are divided into three areas of service to promote academic success: building knowledge and skills, planning and decision making, and engagement and networking.

Building Knowledge and Skills: Participants build and sharpen skills necessary for a successful education at DePaul and beyond through tutoring, workshops, supplemental instruction and study groups.

Planning and Decision Making: Participants learn how to plan and make decisions about all aspects of the DePaul experience and beyond through peer mentoring, cultural events, personal counseling and advising.

Engagement and Networking: Participants create connections inside and outside the DePaul community to enrich the college experience and prepare for career success with integrated academic and financial planning, advising and workshops, and by developing individual education plans.

Program Eligibility/Application

The SSS program is available to undergraduate DePaul students who meet the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Be an admitted DePaul undergraduate student
  • Demonstrate academic need

In addition, SSS participants must meet at least one of the following three requirements:

  • Have a low income as defined by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Be from a family from which neither parent has a bachelor's degree
  • Be registered with DePaul's Center of Students with Disabilities

Student Support Services has limited space and therefore may not be able to accept all qualified applicants into the program. Applicants will be selected if they meet the above criteria and demonstrate a commitment to active participation.

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For more information about Student Support Services, contact us at:

Student Support Services
Levan Center, Suite 110
2320 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 325-4600