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Published December 22, 2020
The Student Success Services (SSS) program at the University of Wyoming, housed in the Student Educational Opportunity office, has received a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The grant, in the amount of $2.23 million, was awarded to UW’s SSS program from among 1,732 proposals submitted nationwide in a competitive grant competition.
SSS is funded to improve persistence and graduation rates among UW’s first-generation and low‑income undergraduates by supporting their academic, financial, major/career and personal success, with services delivered by SSS advisers under a holistic advising model. Services include proactive academic advising to facilitate on-time degree completion; Free Application for Federal Student Aid completion assistance; individualized tutoring; leadership opportunities; academic support to maximize grade-point average and maintain eligibility for financial aid and scholarships; faculty engagement and advocacy; student connections with peers and the university; and referrals to other campus programs and services.
Participation in the SSS program produces measurable successes among participants. Those active in SSS are 18 percentage points more likely to finish their first year of college in good academic standing; 20 percentage points more likely to persist in college at all levels; and 17 percentage points more likely to graduate within six years than eligible nonparticipants.
For more information or to apply to the UW SSS program, go to www.uwyo.edu/seo/sss, call (307) 766-6189, or visit the office in Room 330 of Knight Hall. The SSS program also can be found on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.