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About Student Support Services

The Student Support Services Program at Florida SouthWestern State College is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program is designed for first time college students whose parents did not graduate from a four-year college/university and whose family income may hinder them from remaining in college without financial assistance or to students with a documented disability on file at Florida SouthWestern State College. Student Support Services provides assistance to selected and qualified participants with program services that may enhance their college experience at no cost to them. All students who have been admitted to Florida SouthWestern State College, who are planning to complete a bachelor's degree and who have a need for academic support services are encouraged to apply. The program is federally funded to annually serve 200 eligible students with recruitment opportunities during the summer semesters for students that have yet to earn college credits.

SSS Mission Statement

Student Support Services will help promote the academic success of low-income first-generation, and/or disabled students  by providing support in academic skills, counseling, and tutoring. We seek to maximize student performance while creating strong and independent learners. Student Support Services implements its belief that all students can be successful given the proper assistance, and to define, recognize, and respect each student's individual abilities.

Goal of SSS

To increase the college retention and graduation rates of program participants and help them make a successful transition from one level of higher education to the next.

Services Offered:

  • Financial Program Incentives for students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Peer Mentoring Program
  • Book Loan Program
  • Educational Programs/Workshops
  • Free Professional English and math tutoring
  • Academic Advisement
  • Transfer Advisement
  • Resource Center
  • Help with clarifying Career Goals
  • Access to a Computer Learning Lab
  • Cultural Activities
  • Access to Peer Tutoring Referrals
  • An opportunity to meet other SSS participants in a fun and supportive environment

How to Apply

Please stop by our office on the second floor of Taeni Hall, building S, room 258 to register for a recruitment presentation.

The Student Support Services Program (SSSP) at Florida SouthWestern State College is currently funded 100% through the U. S. Department of Education in the amount of $269,861 annually and is offered to selected eligible students at no cost to participant. The SSSP provides services to qualified participants designed to enhance their college experience and assist them in completing an Associate’s Degree and transferring into a Bachelor’s Degree program. Eligibility for the Program is based on documented criteria, which includes certification of low-income/first generation/disability, and citizenship status.

Florida SouthWestern State College is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity institution. Programs, activities, and facilities of the College are available to all on a non-discriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, and national origin. Questions pertaining to educational equity, equal opportunity or equal access should be addressed to the Associate Vice President of Human Resources, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, Florida 33919

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September 2013 (PDF)

May 2012 (PDF)

March 2012 (PDF)

January 2012 (PDF)

February 2011 (PDF)

December 2010 (PDF)

Contact Us

Phone: (239) 489-9112
Taeni Hall (Bldg. S) Room 258