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Prospective Participants

Program Eligibility

Creighton's Student Support Services serves 160 participants each year. To be eligible to participate in TRiO SSS programs, students must be:

  • U.S. Citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident (eligible to receive federal financial aid)
  • Enrolled as full-time student at Creighton
  • Exhibit academic need

Current CU students applying for SSS must also have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Additionally, students must demonstrate academic need for program services and meet one or more of the following criteria. Priority preference is given to those students who meet two of the three criteria.

  • First-generation college student
  • Low-income
  • Have a verified disability

Participation Requirements

Once a student is admitted into the program, they must be active participants by completing 100% of their participation requirements. When students join SSS, they are committing to complete each participation requirement every semester, and every year, until their departure (graduation or within six-years, whichever comes first.).

SSS participants are required to complete four-semester and three-annual, individualized sessions with SSS staff, totaling eleven participation requirements a year. These requirements allow SSS to deliver academic and financial programming that lead to our students’ success at Creighton.

Note: For all incoming students, they will complete an Intake Phone Call prior to onboarding. For incoming freshmen, they will additionally complete an online summer course (BridgeX), and participate in our SSS RSP Lab during the fall semester.

Fall
Spring
Orientation
Orientation
Progress Meeting #1
Progress Meeting #1
Midterm Meeting
Midterm Meeting
Progress Meeting #2
Progress Meeting #2
Annual
Financial Literacy & FAFSA Completion
Graduate School Preparation
Career Exploration
Résumé Submission
FAFSA Submission

Through meeting these requirements, participants receive the following FREE services: 

  • Academic Advising and Course Selection Guidance 
    • Including priority registration 
  • FAFSA Guidance & Scholarship locating 
  • Graduate School Preparation & Advising 
  • Résumé Review & Career Counseling 
  • Financial Aid Literacy & Advising 
  • Personal Counseling 
  • Priority referral status

In addition to individualize coaching, counseling and advising, participants have access to: 

  • Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Programming 
  • Wellness Programs 
  • College Success Workshops 
  • One-on-one and group tutoring by SSS peers and staff specialists 
  • Supplemental Instruction
  • English & Writing Specialist 
  • Tickets for cultural and community events 
  • Student Leadership Committees 
  • BridgeX Summer Course 
  • Immersion and Services trips 
  • Private computer lab and study rooms 
  • Free Printing 
  • Familial and supportive environment and network

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Participants who complete their requirements and have unmet financial need may be eligible for limited SSS scholarships and book grants.

Application Timeline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but are primarily reviewed once a year, during the spring, for acceptance into the upcoming academic year.

March 1: Application closes
March 1– April 15: Interviews are conducted
April 15 - 20: Acceptance Letters are issued
April 30: Enrollment Materials due

Note:  If students withdraw their application or are found to be ineligible, spots may become available. If this happens, SSS will open a second review cycle in June/July.

Additionally, SSS sometimes has spots open in the end of the fall semester due to early graduations! When this happens, SSS has the ability to accept students for the spring semester. Spring admits can follow the timeline below:

November 30: Application closes
November 1 - December 1: Rolling Phone Interviews
December 1–11: Acceptance Letters are issued
December 15: Enrollment Materials due

Current CU students applying for SSS must also have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA. A mandatory Onboarding Orientation will take place in January. If accepted, see enrollment letter for information.

When reviewing applications, SSS is required to obtain specific verification forms from Financial Aid and Enrollment Services. To expedite this process, applying students should:

  1. Complete your FAFSA
  2. Submit the following information securely through the SSS application:
    • Submit the first two pages of their most recent guardian/parent(s') tax return (verifying taxable income)
    • Verification of your household size (family size or number of dependents in household)

Questions regarding receipt of your tax and household documentation can be directed to Jennifer Witcofski.