students studyingThe 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.

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.

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.