Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who Is Eligible to Participate in the Student Support Services Program?

According to the federal regulations, potential students must meet the following criteria mandated by the governing regulations for participation in the TCU Student Support Services Program. Students must

  • Be a citizen of the United States or meet the residency requirements for federal student financial assistance
  • Be enrolled at the host institution or accepted for enrollment in the next academic term at Texas Christian University
  • Have a need for academic support, as determined by the program staff, in order to pursue or continue successfully in a program of postsecondary education.
  • Be a low-income individual
  • Be either a first-generation college student, or be an individual with a disability

Federal Requirements

Two-thirds of the students served by the TCU Student Support Services Program must be low-income individuals who are also first-generation college students or students with disabilities. The remaining students served are either low-income or first-generation students or students with disabilities. At least one-third of the individuals with disabilities must be low-income individuals. Each student served through the TCU Student Support Services Program must provide documentation to verify his or her eligibility status. This information may be (a) a signed statement from the parent or guardian of a dependent student regarding family income; (b) verification of family income from another government source; (c) a signed financial aid application; or (d) a signed income tax statement. If the student is applying as an independent student, his or her own personal records will verify eligibility status.

Q: What Services Are Provided?

The federally funded TCU Student Support Services Program provides assistance and services, such as study skills, academic and skill enrichment workshops, personal counseling, academic advice and assistance, tutoring, cultural events, academic workshops, career services, activities designed to foster enrollment in graduate programs, study lab, computer lab, and when requested mentoring involving faculty or upper classmen. The program may also offer these and other services to students with limited English proficiency. Additional services may be offered when requested by participants or when related to improving the persistence, retention, and graduation rates of program participants.

Q: What is the cost of program participation?

There is no cost to students who qualify. The program is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education and by TCU. Students who actively and fully participate and complete all program requirements will be eligible to apply for supplemental grant aid. The Director and Advisor/Counselor for the Student Support Services Program can provide prospective students with more details.

Q: How do I apply for the Program?

To apply for admission to the TCU Student Support Services Program, students may come by the Student Support Services office located in the Rickel Academic Wing of the University Recreation Center, Suite 163. Once the completed application is turned in, Student Support Services staff will review the application and arrange for an interview. Each student who qualifies must attend the Student Support Services orientation.