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The Mission of WTC Student Support Services is to provide high-quality assistance to students in acquiring skills and confidence to successfully complete postsecondary education through academic support, career and academic advising, mentoring, tutoring, cultural enrichment, and grant aid. 

What is Student Support Services?

The Student Support Services (SSS) program provides support services to low-income students, first-generation college students, and disabled students enrolled in post-secondary education programs. The SSS program provides academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education. Check out more of our services here.

The program at Western Texas College has been in existence since Fall 2005 and is 100% funded by the federal government. 

Who Is Eligible?

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a current or prospective student pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree, and you must be one of the following: 

  • low income
  • first-generation college student
  • or disabled.
How to Join:

  • Click Apply Now to fill out the online application.

Student Support Services Goal

The goal of SSS is to

  • Increase college retention
  • Increase graduation rates of its participants
  • Facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.

Student Support Services Provides:

  • Tutorial services for any academic need
  • Academic, financial, or career counseling
  • Assistance in securing financial aid and admissions into a four-year institution
  • Direct financial assistance (Grant Aid) Grant Aid — Money is given to participants at the end of the Spring semester
    Must be active in SSS and currently receiving Pell Grant to receive the grant aid.
  • Summer Bridge Program
  • Learning Activities – Offered each semester
Cultural Events – Offered each semester.

Student Support Services Requirements

  • Check in with Academic Advisor two times per semester
  • Attend two Cultural Activities per semester
  • Attend two Learning Activities per semester
  • Attend tutoring for one hour (When class grades fall below a C or if the class is a retake.)
  • Pick up monthly newsletters (one per month per semester).
Need additional help? Check out these useful links to assist you in your academic journey. 


Cassandra Saenz

Director of TRiO-Student Support Services
Building 3, Room 106B

Amy Benitez

Student Support Services Academic Advisor
Building 3, Room 106A

Cheyenne Leatherwood

Student Support Services Data Entry Clerk
Building 3, Room 106


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