Student Support Services-Veterans

TRiO Student Support Services-Veterans (SSS-V) serves 60 eligible participants each year. It is designed to provide academic support to Veteran students who are low income, first generation and/or have a documented disability. 

The TRiO Student Support Services-Veterans program at Piedmont Technical College is committed to increasing retention, graduation and transfer through academic, career and personal advising.

SSS-V provides valuable support and services that will assist in student success and persistence towards graduation.  SSS-V serves to motivate and help students to accomplish their goals by offering comprehensive individualized support.

Student Support Services-Veterans is a part of TRiO and federally funded by the Department of Education.

Apply to the SSS-V Program

Our Mission

The TRiO Student Support Services program is committed to providing quality academic services to improve the overall success of our participants while increasing their exposure to cultural, educational, and career-related activities. Improved persistence, graduation and transfer rates are top priorities.

Student Support Services-Veterans Program Benefits, Services and Eligibility Requirements

As a participant in the Student Support Services-Veterans Program you will have access to the following benefits and services: 

Academic Support

A single point of contact for academic advising, career readiness, financial aid, and/or transfer related questions Personalized academic support based on the students’ needs Additional three (3) hours of tutoring weekly (at no additional cost to the student)

Veteran Services
  • VA Benefits Certification (if applicable)
  • Assistance with applying for VA Educational Benefits
  • Assistance with VA claims
Workshops

An array of topics such as:

  • Time/Stress Management
  • Exam Prep and Study Skills
  • Financial Literacy (money management, budgeting, financial aid/scholarships)
  • CashCourse provides free financial education resources for colleges. To access the PTC CashCourse page, go to http://www.cashcourse.org.
  • Career Readiness (resumes, networking, interviewing)
  • Transfer Information
  • VA Benefits

See a complete list of dates, times and locations for these workshops.

Other Services

Cultural/educational activities and trips
Leadership training and development opportunities
Access to check out laptops (if available)
Veterans Luncheons (visit the Upcoming Events page for dates and times)

Eligibility

You may qualify for TRiO SSS-Veterans if you are a US citizen or permanent resident. Additionally, you must be working toward a certificate, diploma, or an associate degree and demonstrate a need for academic support. Students who have already earned an associate degree or higher degree are not eligible. In order to qualify, you must be a Veteran student (a copy of your DD214 or Certificate of Eligibility is required) and meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

Be a First Generation College Student: Neither of your parents or guardians received a bachelor's degree before you were 18 years of age. Qualify as Low Income per federal guidelines. Verification of taxable income is necessary by submitting a copy of the previous tax year's 1040/1040A/1040EZ forms or by signing a release for the financial aid office. Have a documented Disability. To document your disability with the college, please contact Brenda Dailey, disability coordinator, to obtain the guidelines for receiving accommodations.

For additional information or questions, contact the SSSV Program staff at (864) 941-8385.

*Students do not have to be using VA benefits to qualify for participation in the SSSV program.

Federal TRiO Programs Current Year Low-Income Levels
 

Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States,
DC and Outlying Jurisdictions
Alaska Hawaii
1 $18,735 $23,400 $21,570
2 $25,365 $31,695 $29,190
3 $31,995 $39,990 $36,810
4 $38,625 $48,285 $44,430
5 $45,255 $56,580 $52,050
6 $51,885 $64,875 $59,670
7 $58,515 $73,170 $67,290
8 $65,145 $81,465 $74,910

**For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,630 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $8,295 for Alaska; and $7,620 for Hawaii.

**The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

**The figures shown under the family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines are in effect as of January 11, 2019.

Application

Apply Online

Apply online and be sure to indicate you are a Veteran on the online application. 

Apply in Person

Student Success Center
101A on the Greenwood Campus.