Alabama's Public Liberal Arts University

ASPIRE/Student Support Services

Programs and Services

The following services are provided to all program participants:

Academic

  • Individual Tutoring
  • Advice and assistance in course enrollment and selection
  • Monitoring of academic progress, assessment, and intervention when needed
  • Four-year academic planning
  • Advocacy with faculty and staff
  • Study skills development
  • Graduate and professional school planning and preparation

Financial

  • Financial aid advising and award letter review
  • Assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Assistance in completing student loan and other aid applications
  • Financial and economic literacy and financial planning
  • Identification of alternative financial aid sources
  • Grant Aid Award for active freshman and sophomore participants who have Pell Grants. Students must also meet additional requirements. (Funds are limited; not all eligible students will receive Grant Aid.)

Personal/Professional

  • Individual advising and referrals to appropriate on and off-campus resources, e.g., mental and physical health, work, etc.
  • Career exploration and planning
  • Goal setting exercises
  • College to work transition
  • Mentoring
  • Cultural and social events
  • Workshops and Seminars

These resources are some of the benefits that students receive as ASPIRE/SSS Program participants!

Study Center: Study facilities are open to all active ASPIRE participants. These facilities provide a clean and quiet study area with space for one-on-one tutoring and study groups.

Computer Lab: The computer lab is designated for active participants and is equipped with seven (7) PCs, one Mac (1), two laser printers, and internet and e-mail access. All the computers run on the most recent Microsoft Windows software.

Textbooks: The ASPIRE Study Center contains a limited number of textbooks used in the General Education Courses. Participants may use the textbooks in the Study Center during open hours. Participants also may check out a textbook on a first-come, first-served basis, for a limited period. For more information please contact the Coordinator of Instruction.

Priority Registration for Freshmen and Sophomores (under 59 credits): Priority Registration allows participants to register at the same time as seniors.  This provides an opportunity for our students to reserve a seat in popular courses or schedule ideal course times.

Laptop Lending Program: ASPIRE owns several laptops for use in the Study Center if all of the desktops in the Computer Lab are in use. Students also may borrow the laptop for a limited amount of time for course projects or research papers. For more information please contact the ASPIRE Office.