Student Support Services


The Student Support Services Program provides a vast number of services catered to the needs of each individual student ranging from personal counseling to financial aid assistance. Our services serve as a safe and smooth transition from high school to college. Students in our program can have the confidence that our staff will assist them or direct them in the right path to success!


Students in SSS are registered in summer courses prior to their arrival on campus and are encouraged to enroll full time each semester to ensure timely graduation.

Summer Program

The primary goal of the residential summer program is to ensure that students acquire the necessary college survival skills which are crucial to academic and personal success.

The program has a required, six-week experience which includes an extensive orientation, a nine hour summer course curriculum, and a series of college survival seminars.

Students are enrolled in courses that provide credit towards graduation. Continuing Student Support Services participants serve as peer coaches who live in the residential halls and help new students become acclimated to USF and to college life in general.

SSS Scholarship

Each year SSS scholarships are awarded to students who are in good academic standing and meet SSS program requirements.

Financial Aid Assistance

USF's Financial Aid office provides a designated financial analyst to assist Student Support Services participants who apply and qualify for financial aid according to federal guidelines.


USF's Tutoring and Learning Services' professionals and peer tutors provide free tutoring in mathematics, sciences, economics, foreign languages, and other subject areas.

Laptop Loan Program

SSS offers a computerized tutorial assistance program and laptops can be checked out on a weekly basis for its participants who do not have continuous access to a computer. The program is designed to enhance student academic skills using SMARTTHINKING for tutorial assistance in various subjects and e-instructor. Students conduct research, correspond with professors, and complete academic assignments during the time of laptop use.


The Student Support Services counselors assist program participants in identifying and overcoming situations that occur during their adjustments to university life. Counseling focuses primarily on issues that are most important to the student at any given time.

  • Personal Counseling: Personal issues, such as those relating to families, relationships, stress, indecision and anxiety are dealt with in a sensitive way so that students can resolve them effectively. Referrals are made to a professional counselor as appropriate.
  • Academic Counseling: Counselors work with students on academic issues, including time management, test anxiety, and any concern that has to do with USF studies.
  • Career Counseling: Job search concerns, feelings of indecision and questions about students' career choice are important and our staff is equipped to assist or make appropriate referrals to the USF Career Center.

SSS Counseling is offered by appointment Monday through Friday.

To schedule an appointment, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Type in your Student ID number (beginning with U).
  3. Select Student Support Services (Tampa) as the Advisor Area.
  4. Select the date on which you would like to see your counselor.
  5. Select an available appointment slot for your assigned counselor.
  6. The first time you schedule an appointment you may need to fill out your phone number and email address. Afterwards, the information will automatically populate for you.
  7. Using the drop down menu, select a reason for your appointment.
  8. Add any additional information for the counselors in the comments section.
  9. You will receive an email confirmation immediately after setting your appointment.

Please keep in mind that you are required to meet with your counselor at least 3 times before the end of the semester.

Important: You MUST use your USF email address when scheduling an appointment!

College Survival Workshops

Summer Workshops

Summer workshop topics include: student panels, student rights and responsibilities, female and male matters in college, academic and campus resources

Fall Workshops

Fall workshop topics include: college advising, dating violence and prevention, getting involved, diversity, and resume writing

Spring Workshops

Spring workshop topics include: study habits, cultural expo, college advising, graduate school preparation, and interviewing tips