Frequently Asked Questions about SSS

How do I apply to SSS at Syracuse University?

Follow the steps outlined in Syracuse University Admissions website available at this link:

You will need to submit the Common Application with the Syracuse University Common Application Supplement.

Candidates who want to be considered for the SSS program should be sure to request financial aid assistance on their application.  Syracuse University requires students who wish to be considered for need-based aid to complete both the FAFSA and CSS profile.

Is there a separate application to SSS?

There is no separate application for SSS.  You will need to submit the Common Application and the Syracuse University Common Application Supplement as well as the CSS profile

How will I know if I have been accepted to SSS?

You would be notified of your “conditional acceptance” to SSS pending economic qualification approximately two weeks after your admission.  This requires an evaluation of your family’s financial documentation. Once this process is complete, and if all of the required documentation has been collected, you will be notified of a final decision in April.

Should I apply for early decision?

No, you should apply during the “Regular Decision Plan” with an application deadline of January 1 of the year you plan to enroll.

What criteria must I meet for admission to SSS?

  • Must be accepted for admission to Syracuse University
  • Meet SSS program academic criteria
  • Meet SSS program economic guidelines

What is the typical academic profile of an SSS student?

  • Average high school GPA of 87
  • HS Math             3 years
  • HS Science         3 years

Syracuse University has 9 schools and colleges whose admissions requirements vary. Bear in mind that this profile merely serves as a guide. There are several factors that also are weighed in determining program eligibility; academic growth, test taking abilities, attendance, personal support systems, community involvement, special talents, and a demonstrated motivation to succeed.

What are the economic guidelines for SSS?

Candidates must meet income eligibility guidelines based on household income as follows:

Federal TRIO Programs
Current-Year Low-Income Levels

(Effective January 31, 2017 until further notice)

Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions Alaska Hawaii
1 $18,090 $22,590 $20,790
2 $24,360 $30,435 $28,005
3 $30,630 $38,280 $35,220
4 $36,900 $46,125 $42,435
5 $43,170 $53,970 $49,650
6 $49,440 $61,815 $56,865
7 $55,710 $69,660 $64,080
8 $61,980 $77,505 $71,295

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,270 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia, and outlying jurisdictions; $7,845 for Alaska; and $7,215 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 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 were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register on January 31, 2017.

TRIO Home | Prior-Year Low-Income Levels

What is SummerStart?

  • SummerStart is a six week summer bridge program required for all SSS participants
  • SSS students participate in SummerStart only once prior to their first semester
  • SummerStart provides students enrollment in 7 academic credits
  • SSS students typically take a writing course, a math course and a one credit seminar

How long will SSS provide support for me and what would cause me to lose this support?

  • SSS is designed to support students from entry (SummerStart) through graduation (4yrs)
  • As long as an SSS student remains enrolled at SU full time SSS will provides support
  • If the home college determines a student to be ineligible to register SSS support is removed
  • If the SSS student is removed due to judicial matters or takes a personal leave of absence SSS is removed