Student Support Services
Student Support Services is an academic support program funded by the United States Department of Education.
Student Support Services (SSS) is staffed by caring and committed professionals whose mission is to provide you with services, free of charge, designed to help you succeed in college.
Who Qualifies for Student Support Services?
Students are eligible for services if at least one of the following are true:
- Neither parent has a four year college degree (First Generation)
- The applicant's family meets Federal financial aid guidelines for taxable income
- The applicant identifies as a student with a disability (medical, mental health, physical, learning)
CashCourse Financial Literacy Peer Mentor Certificate Program
Student Support Services (SSS), in collaboration with CashCourse is offering a certificate program to become a financial literacy peer mentor. Students are assigned 12 modules to complete throughout the semester. The modules include budgeting, spending, financial aid and personal financial goals. The successful completion of the course will create opportunities for students to work as financial literacy mentors with their peers.
What is CashCourse?
CashCourse® is a free, online financial education resource designed specifically for college and university students. Created with input from real students and universities, CashCourse equips students with information that helps them make informed financial decisions, from orientation to graduation and beyond.
CashCourse was created in 2007 by the independently funded National Endowment for Financial Education®, the nation’s leading 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision making for individuals and families through every stage of life.
The Certificate Program
This program will be offered during the fall semester only. Those seeking certification must attend five (5) workshops in addition to completing the on-line modules
- Workshop 1: Week 2 - Student Orientation and Introduction to program and website.
- Workshop 2: Week 5 - Guest speaker with Q&A session and prizes. Follow up on modules.
- Workshop 3: Week 8 - FAFSA completion and pizza party. Campus representatives will be available to assist with locating student loan amounts and carriers as well as troubleshooting FAFSA application.
- Workshop 4: Week 11 - College Faculty and staff will share financial experiences. Break out sessions by academic standing and relevance to specific modules and goals. Snacks and prizes!
- Workshop 5: Week 14 - Wrap up of modules and certification ceremony. Directions for future uses of certification.
Note: All SUNY Plattsburgh students are eligible to utilize CashCourse.org as a resource, however, only students who complete all assigned modules and workshops will be eligible for certification.
How to Access CashCourse
- Go to www.cashcourse.org.
- Under Students, click Register Now.
- Complete registration using SUNY Plattsburgh email address.
- After submitting, this will bring you to the homepage for SUNY Plattsburgh CashCourse.
To Access Assignments
Complete login after registering for the first time. In the left column, click on Assignments. This will bring you to another page where you can select your professor, and then access your assignments for the course.
Student Support Services Scholarships
The Sohan Singh Memorial Scholarship
The Sohan Singh Memorial Scholarship is awarded yearly by Aruna Gandhi, the Assistant Director of Student Support Services, in memory of her father. This award is presented each May to a current SSS student who exemplifies a strong commitment to their education and a high level of participation in the SSS program. The recipient must also demonstrate financial need and be recommended by the SSS professional staff.
The Marcia K. Gottschall Writing Scholarship
The inaugural Marcia K. Gottschall Writing Scholarship will be awarded in May of 2009. This award, presented by Tom Thompson, honors the longtime Writing Skills Specialist in Student Support Services who served as a teacher, mentor, and friend to countless students during her nineteen-year tenure at SSS. The recipient must have successfully completed the SSS sequence of ENG/RDG 100 and 101 and shown a strong commitment to improving their writing, as well as a superior work ethic. Recipients must also demonstrate financial need and be recommended by the SSS writing instructors.
Many academic departments offer scholarships to students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their major. For more information on these departmental scholarships, please view listing of currently available departmental scholarships.
Student Support Services Faculty and Staff
- Michele Carpentier, Director of Special Programs/Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
- Athena Castro-Lewandowski, Writing Skills Specialist
- Laura Cronk, Educational Specialist/Coordinator of Extended Time Testing
- Rachel Day, Academic Coach
- Elizabeth Ann Dumont, Secretary
- Ashley Durocher, Counselor
- Bryan C. Kieser, Mathematics/Reading Skills Specialist
- Sandra Layhee, Notetaking Coordinator
- Anne Petro, Math Skills Specialist
- Tom Thompson, Writing Skills Specialist/Coordinator of Special Projects