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Student Support Services (SSS)

About Student Support Services - Inspired to Achieve

Student Support Services (SSS) Inspired to Achieve works with first-generation college students, those who come from a modest-income household, or students who have some type of disability throughout their time at Avila University.

This program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Applications will be selected for program participation in compliance with the provisions of Section 427 of the U.S. Department of Education’s General Education Provisions Act (GEPA). Accordingly, access and participation will not be denied to applicants based on gender, race, national origin, color, disability or age.

SSS: Inspired to Achieve

Inspired to Achieve provides resources and services students need on their path to college graduation and whatever lies beyond. We achieve this by taking a holistic approach, meeting students at their level of need, providing intensive academic advising, advocating for and with them, developing a sense of educational responsibility within each student, and celebrating the milestones along the way. Students are provided opportunities for cultural exploration, developing and furthering knowledge, forming relationships and personal growth.

Overcoming barriers and succeeding in post-secondary education is what Student Support Services is all about. Committed to the success of each program participant, the staff creates a climate of support specifically designed to facilitate student learning and development, enabling the student access, persist and graduate from college.

Benefits of participating in Inspired to Achieve

Students who actively take advantage of SSS services, provided to them at no cost, enjoy benefits including, but not limited to:

  • Increased retention and graduation rates
  • Set and meet personal and academic goals
  • A supportive climate for first generation, low-income students and/or individuals with disabilities
  • Centralized location (Hodes Center) for services and support
  • Social network of peers
  • Guidance from staff members who are motivated and passionate about student success!

Services Provided at No Cost to the Student:

  • Peer tutoring
  • Professional tutoring
  • Academic Advising
  • Financial literacy workshops
  • Federal student aid workshops
  • Learning communities
  • Graduate school test preparation
  • Various workshops based on student need
  • Counseling
  • Career exploration
  • Mentoring
  • Graduate school visits
  • Cultural/social activities
  • Grant aid

SSS participants are more likely to remain enrolled in higher education, accrue more college credits and earn higher grade point averages than similar students who did not receive such services.

TRIO office is located in the Hodes Center. Need more info? Call 816.501.2904 or email

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