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Become a THRIVE SSS Scholar

Thrive Student Support Services

Application Process & Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is THRIVE SSS?
    THRVE Student Support Services is a federally-funded program designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of first-generation and low-income students, as well as students with a disability. In addition, THRIVE SSS is charged with supporting students' academic and personal development, increasing financial literacy, and assisting with post-graduate planning.

    What does THRIVE SSS do for students?
    THRIVE SSS helps students raise their academic achievement, actualize their personal and academic goals, and graduate on time. This program provides undergraduate students with a host of services such as tutoring, workshops, and career and academic coaching in one-on-one and group workshop formats.

    Am I eligible for THRIVE SSS?
    To qualify for THRIVE SSS a student must be a U.S. citizen, or a national, or a recipient of federal financial aid (proof of residency required). In addition, students must be first-generation, and/or low-income, and/or have a documented disability.

    First-generation college student means:

    • A student neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree;
    • A student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one parent and whose supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree; or
    • An individual who, prior to the age of 18, did not regularly reside with or receive support from a natural or an adoptive parent.

    How long would I be a Scholar in the program?
    Enrolled scholars remain in the program until graduation or transfer to another institution.

    What are the program requirements for scholars in this program?
    Enrolled scholars are required to maintain regular participation in program services each year. Services include one-on-one appointments, workshops (synchronous or asynchronous), and events. See Canvas for more information (enrolled Scholars-only).

    How do I sign up for appointments, tutoring, or workshops?
    Please contact our office for details. Enrolled scholars can sign up for services via the program page in Canvas.

    How do I contact someone in the program?
    The main office is located in A319 Lucy Stone Hall on the Livingston Campus. To reach our department administrator, call 732-596-7675. Send email inquiries to russs@echo.rutgers.edu.

  • Students are encouraged to apply during their first and second year at Rutgers–New Brunswick will receive priority application review. 

    Step 1: Learn about THRIVE SSS and understand the eligibility requirements Complete the THRIVE SSS Eligibility Self-Assessment in order to determine if you are eligible to apply! 

    In order to be part of our Thrive SSS Program students need to meet ALL of the following requirements: 

    a) Citizen or national of the United States or meet the residency requirements for Federal student financial assistance. 

    b) Enrolled at Rutgers-New Brunswick or accepted for enrollment in the next academic term. 

    c) Have a need for academic support in order to pursue a postsecondary education program. 

    AND ONE of the following eligibility criteria: 

    1. A low-income individual; 

    2. A first generation college student; or 

    3. An individual with documented disabilities. 

    Step 2: Submit your application 

    Step 3: Submit financial documentation for income eligibility review 

    Applicants will receive an email with a secure upload link that allows them to submit one of the acceptable documents. 

    Step 4: Sit for an THRIVE SSS Interview 

    Eligible applicants will receive an invitation to schedule an interview with the program staff. We look forward to meeting you! 

    Step 5: Complete Scholar Orientation 

    Accepted applicants will complete orientation to meet the staff, join the THRIVE SSS page in Canvas, and sign up for services. Questions? Contact russs@echo.rutgers.edu

Contact Us

Campus Address
Lucy Stone Hall, A309
Livingston Campus
Phone: 732-596-7675
Fax: 732-445-1488
Email: russs@echo.rutgers.edu

Postal Address
THRIVE SSS (Student Support Services) - TRIO Program
54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Lucy Stone Hall, A321
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Office Hours
Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Student walks in front of Lucy Stone Hall on Livingston Campus