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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about the SSS program? Read through some of the FAQs. 


What is Student Support Services?
Sometimes it takes a little help to turn a "B" into an "A" or a "D" into a "C". The Student Support Services (SSS) program can help you make the grade through study skills workshops, TRiO Computer Lab, "Early Alert" progress reports and group study sessions.
Do you have questions or concerns about where and how to transfer to a four-year school? Transfer campus visits and planning with the SSS Academic/Transfer Advisor will help.
Do you want to meet new people? Our service learning and social/cultural activities provide diverse experiences and lasting friendships.
Student Support Services is a federal TRIO program funded by a grant through the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of the program is to provided support services that increase the retention, graduation, and transfer rates of first- generation college students, low-income students, or students with a disability.

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How do I qualify?
You must be a U.S. citizen or peermanent resident. You must also meet one of the following guidelines:

  • a first generation college student
  • a college student defined by federal guidelines as low-income
  • a college student with a disability

Approximately 75% of students who attend Lake Michigan College are eligible. Start the process by completing the Student Support Services Application.

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What does the term "first-generation" mean?
First-generation means that neither of your parents has a four-year college degree.

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How is low-income determined?
Low-income is based on guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Education. When you apply to the SSS program, your income will be reviewed based on the information you submitted on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you did not submit a FAFSA, you will be requested to provide your most recent Federal Income Tax Return or other income documentation.

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Does any kind of disability qualify me?
Yes, as long as it is properly documented. We've had past SSS participants with many different physical or learning disabilities including ADD, ADHD, paralysis, head injury trama resulting in short term memory loss, visually impaired students and participants with impaired mobility.

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How can Student Support Services help me?
As a qualifying student, SSS can provide an array of support services that will help you reach your academic goals and adjust to college life.

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I get good grades, why should I participate in SSS?
SSS provides a supportive environment, not only for those students who need academic help, but for those who need other forms of assistance like transferring to a four-year school, those who would simply like a place to call "home" or those who want to help others.

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What are group study sessions?
Informal group study sessions are available. Contact the SSS Educational Skills Specialist for more information.

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What is the TRiO Computer Lab?
Located in C201 on the Napier Avenue Campus, this computer lab is run by the Lake Michigan College TRiO Programs. The lab is open all year Monday - Tuesday from 8:30am - 6pm and Wednesday - Friday, from 8:30am - 5pm.
Students use the lab for working on papers, Internet research, small group study sessions, accessing WaveLink, and keeping up with what's happening around campus. Computers, a projector, and specialized software programs are readily accessible. The office of the SSS Educational Specialists are located in TRiO Computer Lab.

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How do I borrow a laptop computer?
Laptop computers are available to program participants for two week loan periods. Contact the SSS Office to borrow a laptop.

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What other activities does SSS offer?
Transfer campus visits are an opportunity to tour four-year schools, meet with admissions staff and see which transfer campus environment fits you best. Visits to four-year colleges and universities include Western Michigan University, Ferris State University, Indiana University- South Bend, Grand Valley State University, and Michigan State University. Other four-year schools may be visited based on student interest.
Social/cultural enrichment activities are offered to promote new experiences and provide the opportunity to develop new friendships.
Service learning activities provide an opportunity to give back to the greater community through team participation in the United Way Day of Caring, holiday food basket drive, and Relay for Life. Check the SSS calendar or SSS newsletter for all activities.

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Will SSS lend me money for school?
No. SSS does not lend money. We will provide assistance in completing your FAFSA financial aid form and help you work closely with the Lake Michigan College Financial Aid Office.

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What is TRiO?
Federal TRiO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students. TRIO includes seven outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college, and students with a disability to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.
Over 1,200 colleges, universities, community colleges and agencies now offer TRIO Programs. As most programs serve fewer than 250 students, TRIO staff have an opportunity to work one-on-one with students and are personally committed to their success. Lake Michigan college has three TRiO programs, the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), Upward Bound, and Student Support Services.

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Where can I apply to be part of SSS?
You can download an application for the SSS program or pick up an application at the Student Support Services Office, the TRiO Computer Lab, the Richard J. Pappas Student Services Center on the Napier Avenue Campus, or at any of the other LMC campuses. You may contact SSS at (269) 927-8100 ext. 8603 to receive an application by mail.

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What if I am not eligible for SSS?
Dont worry. If you are not eligible and you need academic assistance, there are tutors available through the LMC Learning Assistance Center. The SSS staff will help you sign up for tutoring, and also inform you of other campus resources.

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