Student Support Services

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Empowering Rutgers University-Newark’s first generation students from financially challenged backgrounds to achieve their graduation goals.

The Student Support Services (SSS) Program at RU-Newark empowers first generation, low income and disabled students to achieve their academic goals. The goal of the SSS program is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants by providing a diversity of academic support services.

SSS sees the value in working collaboratively with other student service offices on campus and they are the following: Writing Center, Rutgers Learning Center, Career and Development Center, Office of Academic Services, Counseling Center, Office of Student Life and Leadership, Residence Life, Office of Financial Aid, Office of the Registrar, Student Accounting Office, LGTBQ and Intercultural Center, Rutgers Business School, School of Criminal Justice, School of Public Affairs and Administration, School of Nursing and all academic departments on campus.

Student Support Services F.A.Q.

What are the eligibility requirements?
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Student Support Services (SSS) is a TRIO Program federally funded by the United States Department of Education designed to assist students. The Student Support Services (SSS) Program provides academic support services to students who meet the low-income federal eligibility requirements set by the Department of Education. For more information about federal program eligibility, you can visit the following link:

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What are the income guidelines?
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You can find the updated income guildelines at the following website: 

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What services are offered by SSS?
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The following is the list of academic support services the SSS program renders to its participants:

Coordinate Support Services: The program works closely with all student services and academic departments on campus.

One on One Academic Tutoring: Free one on one tutoring for program participants in various subjects. Special attention is paid to Math and English courses.

Advocacy: We work with our program participants to address a myriad of issues that impact a student’s academic performance. As a result, we advocate to various departments on behalf of program participants.

Access to Technology: Access to a computer lab and other technology devices aimed at improving academic performance.

Academic Advisement: One on one counseling aimed at understanding graduation requirements.

Academic Coaching: Discussion of academic policies, which affect graduation goals.

Academic Monitoring: Semester by semester and yearly monitoring of participants academic progress.

Empowerment Workshops: Workshops designed to educate and empower program participants.

Assistance with the Financial Aid process: Assist with the completion of the Financial Aid Renewal Application.

Financial Literacy and Planning: Educate program participants on issues of finances and financial planning. 

Assist with the Graduate Admissions process: Engage program participants in planning and preparing for the completion of the graduate admissions process.

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Key Contacts

Brenda Lopez

Director, Student Support Services
Phone: (973) 353 3564 | Fax: (973) 353-5700
Bradley HallRoom 111
110 Warren StreetNewarkNew Jersey07102

Ask me about the SSS Program.

Priscilla Calderon

Student Support Counselor
Phone: (973) 353 3566 | Fax: (973) 353-5700
Bradley HallRoom 108
110 Warren StreetNewarkNew Jersey07102

Ask me about the SSS Program.