Eligibility

How to join SSS.

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Am I Eligible?

SSS works with students of all levels, disciplines, and who meet one or more of the following criteria: first generationlow income, and/or have a documented disability. To qualify for SSS, you must:

  1. Be an undergraduate student enrolled at the University at Buffalo, working on your first bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).
  2. Have U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.
  3. Demonstrate a need for academic support (Welcome Meeting with SSS professional staff member).
  4. Be a first generation college student, and/or have lower income status, and/or a student with documented disability.
    • The U.S. Department of Education defines a first generation student as an individual whose natural or adoptive parents have not received a bachelor’s degree; or a student that who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one natural or adoptive parent and whose supporting parents did not receive a bachelor’s degree.
    • The U.S. Department of Education defines a low-income individual as an individual whose taxable income did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount in the calendar year in which the individual initially participates in the program. The poverty level amount is determined using the criteria of poverty established by the Bureau of the Census of the United States Department of Commerce. View eligible income levels.
    • A student with a disability is defined as a person who has registered with UB’s Office of Accessibility Resources and has documentation from that office.

Apply Today

Admission to our program is free and open year-round. You will not know for sure if you are eligible until you apply, so fill out our application today!

How to Become an SSS Student:

  1. Submit your application and proper federal tax forms (parent/guardian's federal tax 1040 forms for a dependent student, or individual federal 1040 tax forms for an independent student) to SSS.
  2. Receive acceptance decision.
  3. Attend a Welcome Meeting within 30 days of acceptance.
  4. Complete an in-person or online orientation.
  5. Welcome to the SSS family!

Questions about your application? Email us at sssinfo@buffalo.edu or visit us in 127 Capen Hall.

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