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Organization offers benefits to MU students

The Parthenon

Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 01:11

Student Support Services at Marshall University offers benefits, a positive environment and support structure for members and first year students.

SSS is a federally funded grant program. TRiO programs have been established to help students overcome social, cultural, class and academic barriers to higher education.

Marshall’s SSS is funded to provide programming and support services to eligible participants.

All services and programs are free of charge to participants. The list of services provided by SSS includes academic advising, assistance with financial aid, counseling support, social activities, educational courses, lab and printing services, supplemental instruction and postgraduate assistance.

“SSS has helped me with registering for classes,” Zac Thompson, freshman computer science major, said.

 “It’s helped me a lot with all the little things that I wouldn’t have known,” Thompson said.

“I feel our services are very beneficial to students,” Bonnie Bailey, director of Student Support Services, said. “Being a first generation college student and TRiO participant, I feel honored to have the opportunity to help students utilize their potential to reach their goals and succeed in their future endeavors.”

Bailey said many first generation college students lack support needed for success. She said the purpose of SSS is to create the support and positive environment student’s need and make sure they are not lost in the system.

“SSS has helped me a lot from teaching me more about financial aid to adviser services in general,” Zack Underwood, sophomore civil engineering major, said. Underwood also said being an SSS member has really helped keep him focused and organized throughout the semester.

Trish Napier, sophomore biology major, said the program has helped her a lot with scheduling and her classes but she said she also enjoys the environment.

“You make a lot of friends,” Napier said. “It’s a lot of fun just hanging out whenever you have a break and of course the staff is the best and they help us with everything. It helps us all to connect and that really helps with being on campus.”

Student Support Services is located in the West Lobby of Prichard Hall. Eligibility is determined upon income, documented disability or first-generation college student status. Students can request an application from the office or by email located on the SSS portion of the Marshall website.

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