Student Support Services

Program Overvi​ew

The Student Support Services (SSS) Programs are federally funded Trio programs that are designed to provide supportiveservices to disadvantaged college students to enhance their potential. The program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of SSS is to increase college retention and graduation rates of its participants and help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next. 

SSS Students


Riverside City College is currently funded for three SSS Projects: Regular, Disabled, and Veterans. The Regular SSS Project provides services to first-year, low-income students, the RISE (Realizing Individual Success Through Education Project) SSS provides academic support to students eligible for or receiving accommodations through the Disability Resource Center, and the STAR (Success Through Achievement and Retention Project) SSS Project provides academic support and leadership development to Veterans. All three projects work in collaboration to provide a wide range of academic support to educationally disadvantaged students.

    • Benefits and Services
    • As participants in the program, students can take advantage of services and benefits such as: 
    • Academic tutorial services
    • Early registration
    • Advice on course selection
    • Financial literacy education
    • Financial aid assistance/counseling
    • Transfer assistance
    • Book loan program
    • College tours to 4-year universities
    • Mentoring program
    • Monthly workshops/information sessions
    • Summer enrichment program
    • Cultural activities
    • Career exploration

The SSS Programs provide individualized support services in the form of academic guidance and support, social-cultural awareness, and basic skill building to assist participant in reaching their educational goals. 

Eligibility and Requirements

Interested students qualify in at least ONE area:

    • 1st generation college student (neither parent has a 4-year degree)
    • Low income (based on taxes or completed FAFSA)
    • Eligible for services through the Disability Resource Center
    • Veterans

Eligible students must also demonstrate academic need and qualify as a US Citizen or Permanent Resident. If you would like more information on the application process (click here)​

Group of Students

Program Events

SSS Events are provided to increase student’s academic interests and motivation to transfer. Events are scheduled throughout the academic year. Each SSS student will have an opportunity to participate in an event depending on their availability...(see more)