Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Student Support Services (SSS) Program CFDA Number 84.042A

Funding Agency:
Department of Education

 The purpose of the SSS Program is to increase the number of disadvantaged, low-income college students, first-generation college students, and college students with disabilities in the United States who successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level. The support services that are provided should increase the retention and graduation rates for these categories of students and facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges and universities. The support services should also foster an institutional climate that supports the success of students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are historically underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system, and other disconnected students. Student support services should also improve the financial and economic literacy of students.

Deadline: Jan. 27, 2020

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Competitive Preference Priority 1— Fostering Flexible and Affordable Paths to Obtaining Knowledge and Skills

Competitive Preference Priority 2— Fostering Knowledge and Promoting the Development of Skills That Prepare Students To Be Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Individuals and Citizens 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants: IHEs or combinations of IHEs.

Amount Description

Estimated Range of Awards: $149,482–$1,595,544. 

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 27, 2020