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Student Support Service (SSS) is a U.S. Department of Education-funded program designed to work with college students who are first generation, low income, and with documented disabilities. We assist these students in gaining academic and self-advocacy skills necessary to persist towards an educational goal of two-year degree completion, transfer to a four-year university, and/or complete a certificate program. Services provided to program participants included: academic counseling, financial assistance, transfer preparation, study skills building, test-taking strategies, major and career exploration opportunities, cultural activities, and professional and peer tutoring.

TRiO Aspire Student Support Services at Troy University (Troy Campus) has a hands-on approach when working with students; this approach is designed to aid in retention, provide advisement and assistance to students with postsecondary course selection. Students are given information on a full range of student financial aid programs, benefits, and resources for locating public and private scholarships.  Additionally, SSS provides assistance with completing financial aid applications, education or counseling services designed to improve students’ financial and economic literacy and admission to graduate and professional programs.

SSS provides assistance to at least 555 students at three campus locations every year. Students who participate in the program come from every academic department and major on campus. To participate in the program, students must meet eligibility guidelines that are based on household income, parent’s education, or student disability.  Student Support Services at Troy University works closely with the Financial Aid Office, Office of First Year Studies, the Writing Center, Career Services, Natural Science Center and many others to provide resources and enrichment opportunities to students.

There are 30 TRiO SSS programs at higher education institutions in Alabama, and 1,081 TRiO SSS programs in the U.S. (FY 2015). Student Support Services is a part of a national effort by the U.S. Department of Education to make the opportunity for success in college available to low-income and first-generation students, and/or students with disabilities.

Troy University Student Support Services Staff include TRiO Director: Mary Griffin, Coordinator: Shantel Barginere, Academic Advisor: Courtney Garland, Project Tutor: Rebecca Money-Rembert, and Project Advisor: Atia Brown.

To learn more about the TRiO Aspire: Student Support Services Program, please contact the office at 334-670-5985.



The Natural Science Center provides tutoring to Troy University students in the areas of mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics. The Natural Science Center also provides facilities for individual student study. Students do not have to make an appointment to visit the center for tutorial assistance, but here is our availability by subject matter. The Center also maintains a library of reference books, class texts, and practice tests that are available for students to use.

Our goal is to help you be the best student you can be and to help you achieve your potential and goals in your mathematics and science studies. If you have questions, please contact us at (334) 670-3139 or by email, Natural Science Center services are FREE to Troy University students.

– Robert H. Sheppard, coordinator


For 24 years, Elaine Bassett served Troy through her work at the Writing Center, guiding countless writers and giving hundreds of tutors the opportunity to support and instruct their fellow students. Elaine created a Center that serves as a welcoming, inclusive space. As the new coordinator, I have big shoes to fill. But Elaine’s tremendous legacy has provided us a starting point for our work in 2017 and beyond.

In Spring 2017, the Center employs 10 tutors with majors ranging from English to business, from psychology to environmental science. So if students need help with an English, we have that covered and are always ready. But we also help students writing article summaries for business, case studies for nursing, science papers, and research essays in the social sciences. 43% of our visits tend to focus on freshman composition. But that other 57%? It’s everything else.

The Center is open from 8-4 Monday through Thursday and 8-3 on Fridays. This semester, we’ve added hours at the library so students can see a writing tutor on Thursdays from 5-7 and on Sundays from 2-3 p.m. Just ask at the library main desk; they’ll point you to a tutor.

We look forward to working with our students! Follow us on Facebook!

– Trish Harris, coordinator