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Student Support Services/TRiO

The Lander University Student Support Services (SSS) program, PASSport, is a federally funded TRiO program. TRiO has a long and distinguished history in the education community, having served the needs of first-generation, low-income, and disabled students since 1967. SSS functions under a five year grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education, and offers federally approved services to assist students in successfully navigating through college. Since 2005, our top priority has been to see students succeed in college and beyond.

To that end, we offer an array of services: tutoring, mentoring, counseling services, academic advising, graduate school tours and information, assistance navigating financial aid and other university-level programs and departments, cultural activities, workshops and much more. Participants in our program NEVER pay for services because the SSS program is 100 percent federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education, notification is hereby rendered that the Student Support Services program is 100 percent funded by the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $231,550.



Admission to the program is selective and students wishing to apply must meet at least one of the mandatory criteria:

  • Have a documented disability (learning or physical)
  • Low income based on U.S. Department of Education income guidelines *
  • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent graduated from a four-year college)
  • Federal low income levels vary widely from many state measures of low income. Traditionally, students who are eligible for Pell Grants meet U.S. Department of Education criteria for low income. We strongly encourage students to contact us at 864-388-8105 to discuss their eligibility for the program or for more details on the SSS PASSport Program.

Applying to the Student Support Services (SSS) PASSport program is one of the wisest choices a student can make. The SSS Program accepts applications throughout the year. The process is straightforward. Simply download and complete the application (DOC), get a copy of the first two (2) pages of your parents' current federal tax return, which show the adjusted gross income, and taxable income and drop both documents by our offices, fax them, or mail them to:

Lander University
SSS PASSport Program
CPO Box 6061
TRiO House
421 Willson Street
Greenwood, SC 29649

Fax: 864-388-8748

Activities & Programs

The Student Support Services (SSS) program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their postsecondary education.


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History & Purpose

The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960s, the term "TRIO" was coined to describe these federal programs.


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Contact Us

Leslie Temple
Program Director
864-388-8972  |  |  TRiO House