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Student Support Services Program / ASPIRE (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.

Who can join SSSP/ASPIRE?

SSSP/ASPIRE is open to those students with an academic need who meet one of the following:

  • First generation
  • Income eligible (according to annual TRIO income levels) or;
  • Documented disability

Services provided by the program

Tutoring: Peer tutors provide free individualized assistance in a variety of subjects. Tutors assist in understanding concepts, recommending study techniques, and providing encouragement. The incorporation of the Khan Academy in tutoring helps the tutors "coach" students in various subjects. Other services provided by the tutoring lab include conversation groups and graduate school test preparation.

Computer Lab: Program participants have the privilege of using computers in the tutoring lab. These computers are equipped with internet access, and a wide range of software options. The lab is also equipped with a printer to be used to print homework you would like revised by a tutor.

Mentoring: First and Second Year program participants have the opportunity to meet on a weekly basis with a Peer Mentor who provides a variety of personal and academic support. Juniors and Seniors will meet with a full time staff ASPIRE mentor once a month.

Financial Guidance: Assist students in securing the most appropriate financial resources available through individual guidance, program resources, referral and liaison with the University’s Financial Aid Office and community financial support agencies. We will also assist in applying for grants and scholarships!

Personal Guidance: SSSP/A.S.P.I.R.E. staff can help students with academic or unexpected situations which can affect their success and well-being. SSSP/A.S.P.I.R.E. staff can also assist in exploring interests, aptitudes, and skills to make informed choices when selecting majors or career paths.

Workshops: A wide variety of workshops are provided that will aid participants throughout their college experience. Workshops vary in dates, times, and topics and seek to enhance both academic and personal development.

Cultural/Educational Activities: SSSP/A.S.P.I.R.E. informs students about a variety of events throughout the year to enhance the participant’s experience and awareness of the cultural richness in the Brownsville area. These activities are designed to bring participants, their families and the SSSP/A.S.P.I.R.E. staff together.


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