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Become a Student Support Services Scholar

Steps to Apply & Frequently Asked Questions

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

     

    Step 1: Learn about SSS and understand the eligibility requirements

    Visit the Virtual Front Desk for a drop-in information session. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm.

    Complete the SSS Eligibility Self-Assessment in order to determine if you are eligible to apply!

    Candidates must be:

    • A U.S. citizen, a national, or otherwise a legal recipient of federal financial aid, and
    • An enrolled student at Rutgers University–New Brunswick; and
    • As a student who demonstrates the academic need for SSS services, and
    • A first-generation college student (See FAQs for definiton), and/or
    • An income-eligible student (Verify HERE.

     

    Step 2: Submit the application and the following required documents as PDF files for upload: 

    1. Proof of citizenship status (front and back of card):
      • Submit a copy of your social security card if the student is a U.S. citizen
      • Submit a copy of the current permanent resident card if the student is a permanent resident
         
    2. Unofficial Transcript (even if you do not have recorded grades or GPA yet)
       
    3. Personal Statement (1-2 paragraphs)- Tell us why you need to join the SSS program and how the services will meet your academic and personal need(s)!

     

    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 outlined below: 


    OPTION 1

    • Signed FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) (i.e., your most recently filed FAFSA Student Aid Report)
      • Where do I get this information? – You may secure this information by following download instructions found here.
        • Submit 2020-2021 SAR  if current student is applying between September 1, 2020-June
        • Submit 2021-2022 SAR if:
          • Student is applying as an incoming first-year or transfer student enrolled to start September 2021

     

    OPTION 2

    • If the student is applying between September 1, 2021-June 30, 2022
    • Signed United States or  Puerto Rico income tax return or transcript  that lists the applicant as the income tax filer or the dependent (i.e., 1040 tax return document-SEE SAMPLE)
      • Where do I get this information? – You may secure this information from your parent(s)/guardian(s) or your personal records or request the tax transcript here from the Office of Financial Aid.

    What tax year do I submit?

    • Submit information for the tax year 2018 if the current student is applying between September 1, 2020-June
    • Submit information for the tax year 2019 if:
      • The student is applying as an incoming first-year or transfer student enrolled to start September 2021

     

    OPTION 3

     

    • If the student is applying between September 1, 2021-June 30, 2022
    • Signed Non-Filer statement from the applicant or the applicant’s parent/legal guardian

    Where do I get this information? – 

    • Independent student form found here
    • Dependent student form found here.
    • Verification from another governmental source

     

    Step 4: Sit for an SSS Interview

    Eligible applicants will receive an invitation to complete an online needs assessment and 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 SSS page in Canvas, and sign up for services. 

    Questions? Contact russs@echo.rutgers.edu

  • What is SSS?
    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, SSS is charged with supporting students' academic and personal development, increasing financial literacy, and assisting with post-graduate planning.

    What does SSS do for students?
    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 SSS?
    To qualify for 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.

  • This virtual front desk operates just like visiting the front desk in our Lucy Stone Hall office location on the Livingston campus!

    Join HERE for

    • General questions
    • Information session 
    • Coaching appointment
    • Tutoring appointment, drop-in, or study group
    • Peer mentoring appointment or drop-in
    • ...just to say “hello”!