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Center for Academic Programs

Cap Mission

The Center for Academic Programs (CAP) increases access to higher education for high-potential students who come from underrepresented ethnic or economic backgrounds and/or are first-generation college students.

CAP prepares students for successful entry into, retention in, and graduation from a post-secondary institution through its constituent programs: Educational Talent Search and state funded initiatives that provide programming to increase middle and high school students’ college access and retention; Student Support Services provides programming to facilitate students’ retention in and graduation from the University of Connecticut.

CAP designs and implements these programs in accordance with guidelines set forth by its funding bodies, including the University, the U.S. Department of Education, and other programs which promote educational opportunity for all.

Guiding Principles

  1. Promote student learning and development by helping participants achieve their academic goals, receive high quality support services, and access educational resources.
  2. Advance the well-being of Connecticut’s citizens through collaborations, community outreach, and advocacy with the ultimate goal of college preparation, enrollment, retention, and graduation.

Student Support Services

Student Support Services (SSS) is a TRIO program that increases access to the University of Connecticut for first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students with the goal of their retention and graduation. Each year, approximately 300 students are accepted to UConn through SSS — 20-30 per year @ Stamford.

Accepted SSS students participate in a six-week summer program prior to the fall semester of their freshmen year. The summer program introduces students to the rigors of university academics, and helps them to develop the discipline and skills required to succeed in higher education. Students are assigned to an SSS Counselor or Regional Coordinator who provides them with advising, support, and advocacy during the summer program and throughout their tenure at UConn. SSS also offers a variety of program services and resources during the academic year to support students’ continued success at the university.

Services

Financial Literacy

Student Support Services (SSS) is a TRIO program that increases access to the University of Connecticut for first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students with the goal of their retention and graduation. Each year, approximately 300 students are accepted to UConn through SSS — 20-30 per year @ Stamford.

Accepted SSS students participate in a six-week summer program prior to the fall semester of their freshmen year. The summer program introduces students to the rigors of university academics, and helps them to develop the discipline and skills required to succeed in higher education. Students are assigned to an SSS Counselor or Regional Coordinator who provides them with advising, support, and advocacy during the summer program and throughout their tenure at UConn. SSS also offers a variety of program services and resources during the academic year to support students’ continued success at the university.

Financial Aid Resources

Students in class

Financial Literacy Resources

Financial Literacy 101

An online financial literacy course designed for specific challenges faced by today’s high school and college student. It is available for free to all ETS, SSS, and CP students. Contact your program counselor or advisor for your access code.

UConn’s Office of Student Financial Aid Services – Financial Literacy

Checklist for Admitted SSS Students

Submit all required deposits and forms in a timely manner.

Pay the $150 non-refundable enrollment deposit fee online: https://student.studentadmin.uconn.edu/

  • Activate your NetID (ex: abc12345) using the UCONN NET ID activation code. This was sent to you shortly after your admission to the University. If you have misplaced your activation code or if you are having problems logging in, please contact the UITS Help Center at (860) 486-HELP (4357).
  • Submit your SSS Information Packet
  • Register for the Math Survey: http://www.cap.uconn.edu/mathreg/index.php
  • Register for New Student Orientation
    Storrs: http://orientation.uconn.edu
    Regional Students: Contact your SSS regional coordinator
  • Follow-up with Financial Aid. You can access your financial aid information by logging into the Student Administration System. The Office of Financial Aid can be reached at (860) 486-2819.
  • Submit the Health History Form to Student Health Services by the required deadline: http://www.shs.uconn.edu/