The Student Support Services program originated with other TRIO programs in the Higher Education Act of 1965 and has been present on the Manoa campus since 1970. The mission of the Student Support Services (SSS) program is to increase the graduation and retention of first year college students and those with financial need. It provides a centrally-located study room and computer lab and offers academic advising and workshops to over 300 eligible students each year.
Special courses include a college transition course (CAS 110) for SSS freshmen, a learning strategy course (EDEP 327), and a tuition free summer course (EDEP 411). Active students can expect assistance in monitoring their academic progress, developing a reasonable plan toward graduation, help in selecting a major or career, and assistance in applying for financial aid.