Student Support Services

Our Mission

Student Support Services (SSS) facilitates a student-centered and welcoming learning environment, reflecting our Ignatian values of excellence, diversity, and mutual respect. We provide comprehensive and individualized services to empower first generation students, as well as those with low income or disabilities to realize their educational goals.


Welcome to the Student Support Services (SSS) website. This website is designed to provide up-to-date information on the program, services, activities, and accomplishments. Since 1980, SSS has provided quality assistance to approximately 4,990 students who are economically disadvantaged, first generation college students, and/or students with disabilities. SSS provides a supportive learning community to help ensure equal opportunity for success in higher education.

What is SSS?

Student Support Services (SSS) is one of the five federally funded TRIO programs at Creighton University under the Department of Educational Opportunity Programs. SSS is grant funded through the Department of Education to provide comprehensive services to help students achieve a successful college experience by increasing academic performance, retention, and graduation rates. SSS also works to foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low income, first generation students, and students with disabilities. The strength of the SSS program is providing comprehensive support to under-represented students at Creighton University who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and have the ability and desire to succeed but would benefit from additional advocacy, academic, personal, financial, and career support. SSS is a resource that provides personalized and comprehensive support services for eligible participants to help them achieve their full potential.

What is TRIO?

The Federal TRIO Programs are programs providing educational opportunity for eligible participants. Congress established a series of programs to help facilitate college entry and graduation for low-income citizens to more fully participate in the economy of the United Sates. The name TRIO was derived from the fact that initially there were just three programs: Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Student Support Services. TRIO programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. TRIO programs help students overcome economic, educational, and social barriers to higher education. TRIO programs are structured to help motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Today TRIO includes six programs designed to serve low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to successfullly matriculate through the academic pipeline starting with middle school to post baccalaureate programs.