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Student Support Services (Project Challenge)


Welcome to Student Support Services (Project Challenge)

Overcoming barriers and succeeding in post-secondary education is what Student Support Services is all about. Committed to the success of each program participant, the staff creates a climate of support specifically designed to facilitate student learning and development, enabling the student to access, persist and graduate from college. This is accomplished through a range of free services including, but not limited to, tutoring, personal and career counseling and financial aid literacy. Student Support Services, also known as Project Challenge at Emporia State University, is one of a group of federally funded programs known as TRIO and has existed at ESU since 1984 to increase a student’s chances for success while in college.

We offer an array of free services designed to assist eligible full-time students. Currently, Project Challenge serves 165 students at ESU.

Benefits of participating in SSS

Students who actively take advantage of SSS services, provided to them at no cost, enjoy benefits including but not limited to:

  • Increased retention and graduation rates
  • Set and meet personal and academic goals
  • A climate supportive of first generation, low-income students and/or individuals with disabilities
  • Centralized location (“home base”) for services and support
  • Social network of peers
  • Guidance from staff members who are motivated and passionate about student success!

This program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Applications will be selected for program participation in compliance with the provisions of Section 427 of the U.S. Department of Education’s General Education Provisions Act (GEPA). Accordingly, access and participation will not be denied to applicants based on gender, race, national origin, color, disability or age.