Saint Louis University Student Support Services program provides many resources and services unique to the Billikens we serve.
Standing Tutoring Appointments are one of the unique services and opportunities available through Student Support Services. Students can request weekly one-hour tutoring sessions with the same tutor at the same day and time each week. This consistency and continuity can help students understand the information from their classes.
Once you have requested standing tutoring, you will receive an email from tutoring services letting you know when your appointments are or if there is a problem with the courses or times you requested. Melissa Burgess in academic support will be coordinating all standing tutoring appointments for SSS students.
Be sure to attend your tutoring appointments. Not showing up for two of your standing appointments may result in the cancellation of the remainder of your standing tutoring appointments. We understand that things may come up, but please be courteous and responsible and cancel your appointment in advance if you won't be able to attend.
For more information, contact Lindsay Gonterman.
SSS Writing Services provides one-on-one tutoring for written, oral, and multi-media projects. Students are encouraged to meet with the writing fellow at any point in the writing process: brainstorming, pre-writing, drafting or revising.
The goal of a writing consultation is to make progress on an assignment while helping you become familiar and comfortable with writing as a process.
Writing consultations are interactive, so be ready to be involved in a collaborative process. Consultations focus on larger issues in the writing process, such as crafting an argument, organizing ideas, and conducting scholarly research. Writing consultations are not an editing service, and the tutor will not simply proofread papers. However, if grammar and style are a concern, activities can be planned to help improve these areas over time.
Once an appointment has been made, plan to bring in all materials related to the assignment, such as directions from the instructor, grading rubrics, instructor feedback, pre-writing, research or drafts.
Students can schedule an appointment with the SSS Writing Fellow through SLU Appointments or by email. Online appointments are also available by request. The 2017-2018 SSS Writing Fellow is Marie Schrampfer, a graduate student in theology who has served as a writing consultant with SLU’s University Writing Center in the past
Each semester students are expected to meet with their primary adviser, as well as a SSS adviser to discuss their academic plan and courses for the upcoming semester.
You are welcome to meet with your SSS adviser before or after you meet with your primary adviser. Your SSS adviser is here to help you better understand the registration process and to make sure you are on track with your academic/graduation plan.
SSS has two worksheets that can help you with your pre-registration meeting and can be used when meeting with your SSS adviser. One is for you to use before you've met with your primary adviser and one is for you to use after you've met with your primary adviser. We also have a worksheet that can help you calculate your GPA for the semester based on what grades you think you'll earn that semester.
Peer mentoring is available to our freshmen and sophomore SSS students to help with the transition to SLU. Our peer mentors are generally current SSS students who have been successful at SLU and have a desire to help new students adjust and feel welcome.
Another perk of being part of Student Support Services is that you get to register the day before registration opens to your class.
Your registration PIN, which is required to access the system early, will begin with a “5” and will be emailed to you by the Registrar’s office.
Students can register based on their classification as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. Your classification is based upon the number of earned credit hours only:
You can view the exact dates for when you'll be able to register each semester on the University Registrar's website.
All SSS students can print for free in the Student Support Services computer lab in O'Brien Hall. You can work on homework or research for papers and print out any necessary papers, notes and articles. Students can use the computer lab and print Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. when O'Brien Hall is open.
Students who are part of the TRiO-Student Support Services program have two unique scholarship and grant opportunities available to them, Grant Aid and the Dr. Johnson Book Award. Both can be very competitive and come with their own set of restrictions.
Grant Aid is a financial award available to select SSS students sometime in the spring semester. The award is meant to help students further their education, whether through helping to pay for a summer course, paying for books, etc. The amount of each award and the number of awards given will vary from year to year as it depends on the number of qualified students who apply and the amount of money there is to award.
Juniors and seniors may apply, but preference will be given to freshmen and sophomores.
To apply for Grant Aid, you must complete and apply each year. You will be notified when the application is available (typically in the second half of the fall semester) and when it is due (typically after spring break).
Successful applicants have a demonstrated a commitment to SSS, have participated in SSS related activities, have met with their SSS advisor, and have taken advantage of the resources SSS and SLU have to offer them. Grant Aid awards are not guaranteed. If you are interested in receiving one of these awards, do everything you can to put your best foot forward.
The Dr. Johnson Book Award competition takes place over the summer and helps to cover the cost of students' books for the year. This scholarship is run by an office outside of SSS but is only open to SSS students. Information on the scholarship will be sent to students in the spring semester when it becomes available.
SLU's Honors Office can help you find and apply for post-baccalaureate scholarships, as well as for prestigious undergraduate scholarships, internships and research opportunities. Browse opportunities online or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Having a basic understanding of personal finances, financial aid, budgeting is important for your future success. SSS allows you to complete various financial literacy certificates through financialliteracy101.org.
All of the certificates are online and can be completed at your own pace. To successfully complete a course, you must receive a final grade of at least an 80 percent.
In your first year of SSS, you will earn the Financial Literacy 101 certificate. This certificate provides an introductory overview of topics like budgeting, credit vs. debit cards and financial health. This certificate is expected to take approximately 90 minutes to complete but can be taken at your own pace.
To complete this certificate, enter the access code "SLUSSS" at financialliteracy101.org. From there you will create a profile so that you can log into the system later to complete the certificate or to explore what other courses the site has to offer.
Each year after your first year in the SSS program, you will be expected to complete a different financial literacy certificate. Topics range from advanced topics in financial aid to consumer financial literacy and preparing for life after college.
Following completion of the Financial Literacy 101 certificate, you will complete Financial Literacy 200. To access the certificate, visit financialliteracy101.org and log in using the same information you used last year. (If you forgot your password, the financial literacy website can retrieve it for you.)
Once you've logged in, on the right-hand side will be your portfolio. Click on the "courses" option. This will take you to a review of the courses you have already completed as well as allow you to register for a new course. Click on "enter a course number" and enter "334" to register for the Financial Literacy 200 certificate.
Students who have completed both the Financial Literacy 101 and 200 certificate, will complete the Financial LIteracy 300 certificate. To register for the course, follow the same steps as listed above and enter the course number "472."
Following Financial Literacy 300, you will complete the Financial Literacy 400 certificate. To register for this course, follow the same steps listed above and enter "630" as the course number.
We now have an optional — but strongly suggested — course that focuses on repaying your student loans successfully. The course includes information on repayment options, ways to avoid default and forgiveness options. To access this course, follow the steps listed in the returning students section above and enter "631" as the course number.