Frequently Asked Questions
What is SSSP/ASPIRE?
It is a TRIO grant known as Student Support Services Program/ASPIRE. We serve to motivate students toward completing their postsecondary degree. Our goal is retain and graduate our participants, which will help them go from one level of higher education to the next.
What does ASPIRE mean?
It is an acronym that means A Support Program in Reaching Excellence.
Where is the office located?
The office is located in Cortez 105 and is open Monday through Friday 8am-5pm. Our phone number is 882-8250.
Who can join SSSP/ASPIRE?
SSSP/ASPIRE is open to those students with an academic need who meet one of the following:
Income eligible (according to annual TRIO income levels) or;
What does that word “first generation” mean?
It means an individual both of whose parents did not complete a bachelor’s degree in the United States.
What if my sister/brother wants to apply and they are already in college?
Both of you are still eligible to participate. The term “first generation” applies only to parents.
How do I join SSSP/ASPIRE?
Come by our office located in Cortez 105 to pick up an application. We’ll ask you to complete the application and bring it back with a copy of your or your parent’s most currently filed tax return.
Can anyone participate in the SSSP/ASPIRE program?
Yes, but since the program is funded to serve only 261 students; they must apply, meet the eligibility criteria and receive as many types of the program services necessary-not just one type.
Are there any other requirements or criteria?
Yes, just a few more. According to our federal regulations, they state “a student must be a U.S. citizen or national of the United States or meet the residency requirements for federal student financial assistance; he or she must be enrolled at UTB; and have a need for academic support to pursue successfully a postsecondary educational program”.
What services does SSSP/ASPIRE provide?
Personal counseling, career counseling, mentoring for freshmen and sophomores with a ASPIRE peer, tutoring in mathematics, english, reading, academic workshops and personal development workshops, academic advising and registration assistance. The program also offers a small computer lab for your use. We even assist you in transferring or entering graduate school!
What kinds of workshops do they offer?
The workshops are tailored to the specific needs of our SSSP/ASPIRE students. For example, you may see academic workshops on how to use the internet to research a paper, algebraic word problems, commonly misused words (a grammar workshop!), or even something out of the ordinary. The personal development workshops are designed to expand your overall skills and knowledge. They may consist of managing time, how to create a resume, job searching and networking, handling stress or dealing with relationships.
How long does it take to join?
The intake is a two part process that typically takes 1 hour. Notification of admittance is one business day.
How long are you in SSSP/ASPIRE?
You will receive services until you graduate, are no longer enrolled in the University or are inactive within our program. It is not a short term program.
Do you offer any scholarships or grants?
Yes! Our grant is fortunate enough to offer $15,000 in grant aid to current SSSP/ASPIRE students who are receiving a Pell grant. This money is a competition -driven award with eligibility criteria and the amount will vary depending on funds.
How often do I have to come to SSSP/ASPIRE?
There are participation requirements which maintain your active status and continue to receive assistance. They are:
- Turn in your academic progress form at the mid semester
- Meet with your mentor during scheduled times
- Attend at least ten tutoring sessions per semester
- Attend three workshops
- One cultural event
- One Community Service activity
- Maintain good class attendance and strive to maintain a 2.0 GPA