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What is Student Support Services?

Student Support Services (SSS) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to provide supportive services to educationally disadvantaged and disabled participants to enhance their skills and increase their retention and graduation rates from college. Participants in the Student Support Services Program should have educational potential and be willing to attend counseling and tutoring sessions.

Who is eligible for Student Support Services?

Students with academic potential who may be at some disadvantage because of a disability, low income and /or first generation status (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) are eligible.

How does a student apply for Student Support Services?

All participants must be currently enrolled at Coastal Alabama Community College. Prospective participants in the Student Support Services Program must complete a student-intake data form. Verification of low-income status is mandatory. This may be done through the Financial Aid Office or by submission of the family’s most recent income tax return form. What are the benefits of Student Support Services? Services provided by the Student Support Services Program are counseling, career information, tutoring, academic advising, financial aid workshops, cultural enrichment, evaluation, transfer assistance and follow-up. Limited financial assistance may be available for students who maintain a 2.0 GPA and who have a financial need as determined by the SSS staff and the Financial Aid Office.


Student Support Services Applications

Bay Minette/Fairhope/Gulf Shores




Tutoring - Tutors are available for those participants who may be having problems in any of their courses. Tutoring will be one-on-one or in a group setting.

Academic Advising - Our staff will carefully advise participants in selecting courses to ensure that degree requirements are met and courses will transfer.

Transfer Advising - Trips to four-year institutions within our state give par- ticipants the opportunity to tour campuses, talk to admission representa- tives, and ask questions concerning the institution to which they plan to transfer. Success Seminars/Workshops - Seminars and workshops are designed to provide participants with information that will be beneficial to them in various facets of their college experience.

Cultural Enrichment - Opportunities to visit cultural sites both in and out of state are provided. The sites are those where the essence of different cultures is emphasized and exhibited.

Financial Advising - Participants will receive financial advice about secur- ing money for tuition and living on a budget.

Career Advising - Participants will receive career advising.

Personal Advising - A project specialist is available to provide personal and relationship advising. Mentoring - All faculty members serve as mentors to the SSS participants. Participants will receive peer mentoring.

Supplemental Grant Aid - Additional grand aid is available to participants who have met Pell eligibility and who meet criteria established by the SSS program.