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About Student Support Services

SSS Program Mission Statement:

The mission of Student Support Services is to inspire, challenge, and empower eligible participants by providing the academic and supportive services necessary for their retention and ultimate graduation from the University of Northern Iowa.

What is it?

Student Support Services is a federally-funded program designed to assist low-income students, first-generation college students, and students with documented disabilities. The program is funded to serve 200 participants each year by providing services that support them toward the ultimate goal of graduation from UNI with a bachelor’s degree.  Once accepted into the program, participants continue to access our services as long they are UNI undergraduates.

In order to access these services, current UNI undergraduates must complete an application to determine eligibility, which is based on factors that include family income, parental educational attainment, and need for academic support.  Students with documented disabilities are also encouraged to apply, as are military veterans.

Why does it work?

Program staff members serve as advocates for participants and provide services based on the individual needs of the student. Advisors develop strong relationships with participants, who see their advisor as someone knowledgeable, caring, and trustworthy.  The formula of long-term, intensive advising promotes these relationships.  Recognizing that the needs of a college student change over the years, program services are varied and individualized, ensuring that each participant receives the specific type of support needed at any point in time.

How does it work?

Assistance to participants is free and includes:
    •    Academic advising including assistance with course selection and registration
    •    Long-range educational and career planning
    •    Monitoring of academic progress
    •    Personal, financial, and career advising
    •    Instructional support, including tutoring and study groups
    •    College survival, study skills, and financial literacy workshops
    •    Cultural and educational activities
    •    Financial assistance to qualified participants
    •    Graduate school planning and enrollment assistance

These services are individualized to the participant and target their specific needs.  The staff of the University of Northern Iowa Student Support Services Program is here to support participants, as well as the faculty and departmental advisors, and the other service-providing offices across our campus.  If you are interested in more information, please use the contact information found on this webpage, or stop by our office.  We look forward to assisting you!


SSS Graduate Group Photo