"SSS has given me such a great experience. I can't imagine my time at Creighton without its support."

- Justin Sears, SSS student


Students who apply to become a part of the TRIO SSS program must be:

  1. A U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident, as defined below:

    • US Citizen

    • US National (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain's Island)

    • Permanent Resident (U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551C)

    • Eligible Non-Citizen (Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service)

    • Not eligible are holders of student visas (F1, F2, J1, and J-2 Visas)

  2. Students who are enrolled full-time or accepted for enrollment at Creighton University as an undergraduate student.

Additionally, each applicant must fall under one or more of three primary eligibility criteria:

Option 1: First-Generation Eligible

To qualify as "First-Generation Eligible" for the Student Support Services program a First generation college student means?

  1. Neither your natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate four year degree;

  2. Prior to the age of 18, you regularly resided with and received support from only one parent and whose supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate four degree; or

  3. Prior to the age of 18, did not regularly reside with or receive support from a natural or an adoptive parent.

    • Foster care youth means youth who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system.

    • Homeless children and youth means persons defined in section 725 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 1143a).

Option 2: Disability Eligible

If a student has a documented (physical or learning) disability, the student is "Disability Eligible" for the Student Support Services program.

Students who have a disability, as defined by Section 504/ADA, may be eligible for participation in SSS as a result of the educational needs stemming from that disability.

Option 3: Low Income Eligible

The official Low Income guidelines are updated at the end of January annually. You can view the most recent chart at the Department of Education here

Find the size of your family in the chart, using your most recent tax return, to determine if your family's taxable income fell at or below the figure in the next column.


In exchange for the services provided by SSS, students are expected to complete semester requirements.  The requirements for each semester are as follows:

  1. Orientation and completion of SMART goals

  2. Completion of the needs assessments

  3. Meeting with staff member to discuss mid-term grades

  4. Meeting with your assigned academic counselor to discuss SMART goals progress

  5. Attendance at two workshops (Financial literacy and Resume workshops are included)

  6. Financial Literacy (annually)

  7. Resume (annually)

  8. Other expectations per individual need


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