Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Office of Student Access

Student Support Services


Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRIO program that serves to increase the retention and graduation rates of its participants. Services include academic guidance, tutoring, mentoring, and cultural/educational events. The mission of SSS is to facilitate a climate supportive of academic success and personal enrichment through proactive and individualized services available to the student from their first semester through graduation. SSS students are challenged to take charge of their learning and develop skills that will enable them to enhance their lives and become well-rounded citizens of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville community. SSS staff initiate and develop partnerships with students that are academically based and also strive to lead students down a path towards cultural growth and awareness.

Program Goal:

  • To retain and graduate eligible Texas A&M University - Kingsville students at rates well beyond those currently possible to increase Academic Grade Point Average.
  • Increase the retention and graduation rates of eligible students.
  • Foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low   income and first generation college students and individuals with disabilities through services.
  • Helps students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next.

What Do We Offer?

The following services are free of charge to active SSS students.


Academic Advising - helps you set achievable goals and develops the skills needed to ensure that you make timely progress toward your degree.

Academic Coaching - work with you one-on-one to identify and overcome obstacles that may prevent you from being successful.

Academic Monitoring - SSS collects weekly, Pre-Midterm and Midterm reports that will provide staff with information in time to help you take action and improve your course grades.>

Academic Networking Events - faculty and staff meet and greet events, workshops on study skills, time management, personal development, and other topics of interest. SSS students are honored at our Graduation Reception during December and May of each year.

Career Guidance - help you formulate answers to the questions ''Who am I?'', ''What do I want to do?'' and ''How do I get there from here?''

Course Planning - assists you in identifying and examining your strengths and limitations in order to create a manageable schedule of classes.

Financial Education - helps you improve your financial literacy and gain knowledge of financial resources through workshops, individual counseling and a SSS online Financial Literacy course.

Financial Support - you can apply for additional financial aid and TRIO scholarships specifically for SSS students.

Graduate/Professional School Coaching - offers assistance for raising your aspiration, researching financial aid options and completing application packages.

High-Tech Computer Lab - specifically reserved for only SSS students to work on a Dell or Apple computer, print coursework and make copies.>

Personal Counseling - provides you with access to sensitive and caring SSS staff who strives to understand and support your goals, your aspiration and your challenges--both academic and non-academic.

Resource Library - connections to useful resources on various topics from course specific study technique, healthy lifestyle, careers and financial management.

Study Zones - a quiet place to study and learn from other students.

Tutoring - one-on-one and group instruction is provided by peer and professional tutors who have the training and expertise in math, science and other subjects.

Writing Assistance - provides an evaluation of your writing to help produce quality academic essays. In addition, you are helped with developing resumes and personal statements for career support and graduate school entry.

A student is eligible to participate in an SSS program if the student meets all of the following requirements:

  • Is a citizen or national of the United States or meet residency requirements for Federal student financial assistance
  • Is enrolled at the institution or accepted fo enrollment in the next academic term
  • Has a need for academic support
  • If a student is low-income, first generation college student or an individual with disabilities. 


Federal TRIO Programs
Current-Year Low-Income Levels

(Effective January 11, 2019 until further notice)

Size of
Family Unit
48 Contiguous States, D.C.,
and Outlying Jurisdictions
Alaska Hawaii
1 $18,735 $23,400 $21,570
2 $25,365 $31,695 $29,190
3 $31,995 $39,990 $36,810
4 $38,625 $48,285 $44,430
5 $45,255 $56,580 $52,050
6 $51,885 $64,875 $59,670
7 $58,515 $73,170 $67,290
8 $65,145 $81,465 $74,910

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,630 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $8,295 for Alaska; and $7,620 for Hawaii.

The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The 2019 poverty guidelines are in effect as of January 11, 2019. Federal Register notice forthcoming. Publication is delayed due to temporary closure of federal offices.

To apply, please complete the following form provided below and return to the SSS office located at Eckhardt Hall Room 225.


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TRIO Student Support Services