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The Student Support Services (SSS) Program is a federally funded program committed to meeting the needs of students seeking a two-year degree at Murray State College. 

The mission of Student Support Services at Murray State College is to enhance academic skills, increase retention, graduation and transfer rates for eligible first-generation, low-income or disabled students who have an academic need for program services.  The SSS program also encourages participants to recognize their unique potential by providing services in a caring and supportive environment.

Approximately 50 percent of college freshmen drop out during their first year.  Nationally, students in TRIO Student Support Services are more than twice as likely to remain in college as students from similar backgrounds who do not participate in the program.

To meet the eligibility requirements, a student must be enrolled at Murray State College and have a need for academic support.  In addition, a student must belong to one of these student groups:

  • First generation college student (neither parent has a 4-year college degree)
  • Financially disadvantaged (as determined by federal guidelines)
  • Documented disability

Two-thirds of SSS participants must be first generation and financially disadvantaged or disabled according to federal guidelines.

Services provided by the Program May Include:

  • Academic Advisement and Planning
  • Career Counseling/Planning
  • Tutorial Assistance
  • Financial Aid Information
  • Assistance in Filling Out Financial Aid Forms
  • Assistance in Applying for Admission to 4 Year Colleges/Universities and Obtaining Federal Student Aid
  • Area College Transfer Day Transportation
  • Study Skills Development
  • Financial Literacy
  • Cultural Events
  • And Much More!     

All program services are provided at no cost to participants.

For more information, contact the Student Support Services office at 580-367-7260 or come by the SSS office in the North Annex on the Tishomingo Campus.

Student Support Services Staff:

Linda Taylor, Director



Trish Harding, Academic Coach/Coordinator



Ronda Pickens, Counselor


580-319-0300 (Ardmore campus)


Laney Ledford

Academic Support Specialist


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