Student Support Services


About the USF St. Petersburg campus Student Support Services Program

The USF St. Petersburg campus Student Support Services (SSS) Program is a sought after retention program that provides effective academic and personal support for a diverse student population. The program is designed to significantly increase the retention and graduation rates of its participants.

This program is designed for students who have been identified as having an academic need and are either first-generation college students, have a low-income family status, or both. We are committed to providing proactive, intrusive, comprehensive and innovative services to enhance our student’s success at the USF St. Petersburg campus. Our office provides a plethora of services, including individualized academic advising, counseling, coaching, financial aid assistance, social and cultural enrichment programs. We also work to broaden student’s career perspectives through workshops that improve academic skills, expose students to a wide array of career possibilities, promote self-confidence and address various non-cognitive factors.


If you have questions about the program, contact us at: 

Student Benefits

  • The summer program is free to all students who meet the program's entry requirements. Tuition, housing, books and meals for the summer program are included. 
  • Receive personalized academic advising and counseling
  • Receive priority summer housing
  • Receive a head start on the fall curriculum by earning 9 credit hours
  • Enhance study-skills and problem solving abilities
  • Explore career goals and major choice
  • Discover the campus and the surrounding St. Petersburg area
  • Make friends with other students and engage with faculty before the fall semester

Contractual Agreement

Program participants are expected to abide by the SSS contractual agreement made upon their entrance to the institution. An average of 90-95% of the students who have followed the guidelines have remained in good academic standing. 

As a student in our program, you are responsible to maintain contact with the SSS coordinator and participate in workshops, program events and activities.

How to Apply to SSS Program


Freshmen applicants interested in attending USF St. Petersburg campus should complete/submit the following information to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for consideration:

  • An application for admission
  • A non-refundable $30 application fee
  • An official high school transcript
  • Official SAT or ACT scores
  • Complete the 2020/2021 FAFSA first, then complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA. Both are available at
    • Select USF as an institution to receive your financial information by entering Federal School Code #001537

  • Check your OASIS account regularly


Print and complete the Participation Agreement Form and submit a copy of your 2020/2021 FAFSA confirmation page. Write the student’s name and USF U# at the top of each page. You may submit these documents via email at or fax to 727-873-4190, or mail to:

Student Support Services Program
University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus
140 7th Ave South SLC 1301
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

  • Please submit the 2020/2021 FAFSA confirmation page and the participation agreement form within two weeks to ensure your acceptance to USF St. Petersburg campus. 
  • Our program is limited to first 25 applicants.

Required Forms

USF St. Petersburg campus Orientation

At Orientation you will gain the information needed to be successful at the USF St. Petersburg campus. You will learn about university resources, clarify the next steps you need to take before the first day of classes, prepare for your future at USF and – the best part – connect with both new and current students. Orientation is required for all new undergraduate and graduate students.

View Orientation registration and next steps.

Before Orientation:

There are a lot of tasks to complete to prepare you for your first day of classes! Once you have registered for Orientation you have already completed a few – good job! Please make sure the rest of these steps have been completed before your Orientation: