What Is Student Support Services?

Trio SSS

Quick Facts

  • Federally funded program created by the Higher Education Act of 1965.
  • 100% Funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • SSS was established at NCMC in 2001.
  • There is No Cost to SSS students; all of SSS services are FREE.
  • SSS at NCMC serves 160 students.


You may be eligible if you fall into at least one of the following categories:

  • Meet federal income guidelines.
  • Are a first-generation college student (neither parent received a 4 yr. degree)
  • Have a documented disability

Program Objectives

  • 88% of all enrolled SSS participants served will meet the performance level required to stay in good academic standing at the applicant institution.
  • 36% of new participants served each year will graduate from the applicant institution with an associate’s degree or certificate within four years.
  • 17% of new participants served each year will receive an associate’s degree or certificate from the applicant institution and transfer to a four-year institution within four years.
  • 67% of all participants served in the reporting year by the SSS project will persist from one academic year to the beginning of the next academic year or earn an associate’s degree/certificate at the applicant institution and/or transfer from a 2-year to a 4-year institution by the fall term of the next academic year.