Lawson State Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded undergraduate retention program designed to help first generation, low-income, disabled students graduate from college. The SSS program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The SSS program may also provide grant aid to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next. Services provided free of charge include individual and group tutorials; study skill resources, assistance in obtaining used textbooks, personal, career, and academic counseling; social and cultural development activities; and assistance in gaining entrance into graduate school.

Student Eligibility for Program Service

To receive assistance, students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a program of postsecondary education at Lawson State. Low-income students who are first-generation college students and students with disabilities evidencing academic need are eligible to participate in SSS projects. Two-thirds of the participants in any SSS project must be either potential first-generation college students from low-income families or have a disability. One-third of the disabled participants must also be low-income students. One-third of the total participant group must be low-income; or first-generation or disabled.


Student Eligibility for Grant Aid

To receive SSS program grant aid, students must be current participants in the SSS project who are in their first two years of post secondary education and receiving Federal Pell Grants. Grant aid may be offered to students who have completed their first two years of postsecondary education and are receiving Federal Pell Grants if the institution demonstrates that these students are at high risk of dropping out and it has first met the needs of all its eligible first and second-year students. If funds are available after first and second year students receive grant-aid third and fourth year students may be eligible to receive grant-aid.

Campus Contacts

Bessemer Campus - Mrs. LaSharron Harris - 205-929-3518

Birmingham Campus - Ms. LaTasha Nix - 205-929-6397