Student Support Services

Student Support Services is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and offers a range of academic, social, and cultural resources for eligible students. Student Support Services staff can help eligible students with their academic progress by providing outstanding academic support and academic enrichment activities to help them achieve their educational goals.  Student Support Services provides a comprehensive and on-going campus tutorial service. Moreover, the program provides opportunities to students who recognize the need to gain proficiencies in the basic areas of reading, mathematics, and English. Additional resources are housed in the English lab to assist students in building and enhancing those skills necessary to become academically proficient, successful, and productive citizens in today’s society. All services are free of charge for eligible students.

The objectives of Student Support Services are:

  • Provide advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection;
  • Provide academic tutoring online and face-to-face;
  • Assist students with information on locating public and private scholarships;
  • Provide assistance in completing financial aid applications;
  • Provide education or counseling services designed to improve financial and economic literacy;
  • Assist students in applying for admission to graduate and professional programs;
  • Expose students to graduate schools and cultural events;
  • Provide one-on-one personal, academic, financial, and career counseling to familiarize students with career options; and
  • Assist in the overall goals of increasing retention/graduation rates.

Eligibility: The eligibility criteria set by the U.S. Department of Education includes students who are (a) income challenged, (b) first-generation, and/or (c) with disabilities showing academic need are eligible to participate in the SSS program.   

 All students interested in receiving assistance are encouraged to contact the Student Support Services office for further information.  The office is located on the first floor of Batchelor Hall (Suites 1 through 7).

In order to complete the application process, the following is needed:

  • Completed SSS application
  • Copy of student's class schedule
  • Copy of student's awards letter*
  • Copy of student's SAR (Student Aid Report) *

*Program staff will request this information from financial aid office.

The completed application should be submitted to the Student Support Services office in Batchelor Hall. Once the application is received, the staff will review the information to determine whether the applicant is eligible for services. Eligible students will be notified by campus email.

For additional information, please contact any staff member listed below:

Fahmida Bratina
[email protected]
205-349-4240 ext. 8136

Harold Ingram
[email protected]
205-349-4240 ext. 8110