About Us


Our Mission

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 generation 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.


Student Support Services (SSS) welcomed me with opened arms beginning my freshmen year here at UHM. From giving me helpful pointers on how to get through my first year of college, to being there with me every step of the way since, SSS is a program that has made my college experience a memorable one. Thanks to the great advisors, I was able to carefully plan out my courses each semester. SSS provides its students with a caring environment that I knew I was always welcomed to. The courses offered by SSS are one of a kind. I learned not only skills that I would need to be successful in college, but also life skills that I would use when I graduate. If it wasn’t for the SSS program, I honestly don’t know if I would be where I am today in my college journey.

Kinesiology Rehab Sciences Major



SSS really helped me to succeed at UH Manoa. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of it. I took advantage of the study area, free printing, and most of all the academic advisers. I was in there all the time getting advice from the advisers. I also took advantage of the EDEP course offered where I learned a lot about myself and how I learn. My SSS experience has allowed me to grow personally and professionally.

Human Resources Management Major