Student Support Services Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the student support services program?

The Student Support Services Program is one of the Federal TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The others include Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Center and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. More than 872,000 students are assisted by TRIO programs located at more than 1,200 colleges and universities.

The purpose of the SSS Program at Hampton University is to help eligible students meet and maintain the academic performance level required for satisfactory academic standing at the University. To assist students in this effort, various academic support services are provided free of charge. Active participation in the SSS Program will increase a student's chances of graduating.

Why are there so many forms to complete and documents to submit?

The U.S. Department of Education requires the university to document verification of each student's eligibility to enroll in the program. Active participants are not required to re-submit application information again, but all participants must meet with a staff member each semester to update their contact information and current course schedule.

How many students are enrolled in the program?

Each year the program enrolls 190 eligible students. Once enrolled, students may participate through their senior year.

What support services are provided?

Counseling - A multi-dimensional counseling program is designed to meet students' academic, personal, and social needs. In addition, students receive financial and career counseling. These services are provided Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on a "walk-in" basis or by appointment.

University Transition Seminars - Sessions on academic readiness, time management, learning styles, financial aid, and exam preparation are held throughout each semester to enhance, broaden, and enrich students' academic and social experiences. Seminar topics are developed based on assessed needs and students' expressed interests.

Tutorial Assistance - Highly qualified peer tutors provide one-on-one assistance in our internationally certified tutorial program Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Will participation in the SSS program interfere with my classes?

There are no courses to add to your class schedule if you decide to participate in the Student Support Services Program and every effort will be made to provide support services during times that suit your schedule.

I was an above average student in high school, why would I need this type of assistance?

During your college experience, you may need some help regardless of your performance level in high school. In fact, more than 40% of the students who enroll in our program had above average grades in high school. Because many students discover that university life presents increased social, financial, and academic challenges typically not experienced in high school, we recommend that students take advantage of the resources available through our program.

Will participation in the student support services program appear on my transcript?

No. Participation in the SSS Program is provided to enhance your success at the university and students' eligibility criteria are held in strict confidence.

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Contact Us

Student Suppport Services
Hampton University 
P.O Box 6212
101 Armstrong-Slater
Hampton, VA 23668

Fax: (757) 728-6614
Phone: (757) 727-5611

Mikael Davis, Director
mikael.davis@hamptonu.edu

Kristie Cansler, Tutor Coordinator
kristie.cansler@hamptonu.edu

Sylvia Jackson, Admin. Assistant
sylvia.jackson@hamptonu.edu

Jelisa Sinn-Braswell, Counselor
jelisa.sinnbraswell@hamptonu.edu