EXCEL/Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally-funded TRIO program designed to help students overcome academic, social, cultural,
and other barriers to their success in college. It is funded
through Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. EXCEL/SSS
serves 200 participants annually. Mineral Area College's EXCEL/SSS program
is funded at $1,452,580 for five years. Mineral Area College's
total contribution is approximately 2.55% of the total
budget. There is no cost to students or families who participate in EXCEL/SSS.
the support necessary for each EXCEL/SSS student to reach his/her
own level of academic excellence and succeed in achieving a postsecondary
Tutoring in all general education courses and many electives combined with academic, financial aid, and transfer advising are key components of EXCEL/SSS. Success rates for students who take advantage of services are excellent. Recent retention rates range from 73% to 84%, and graduation rates range from 40% - 54%.
Approximately 50% of EXCEL/SSS students who graduate each year transfer to four-year universities. EXCEL/SSS alumni have earned bachelor's and/or master's degrees at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), St. Louis
University, Washington University, Missouri University of Science and Technology (S & T), University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), Central Methodist
University (CMU), Truman University, Missouri State University, and others. Major areas of study include engineering,
psychology, elementary education, secondary education, social
work, sociology, counseling, nursing and other health-related areas.
You may be eligible to participate
in EXCEL/SSS if you are already enrolled at, or have applied for admission
to, Mineral Area College; need academic support; and meet one
of the following criteria:
- Limited Income – taxable income does not exceed levels
set by the federal government.
- First Generation College Graduate – i.e.,
neither parent has a four-year degree.
- Student with a Disability - have a documented physical or
mental impairment that impacts
their educational goals.
initiate the application process themselves or be referred by
a MAC faculty member. In either case, the first step is to complete the EXCEL application and provide the requested income documentation. To apply, simply stop by the EXCEL/SSS office and pick up an application or print one by clicking on 2014-2015 Application. After completing the application, call the EXCEL/SSS Office at (573)518-2131 to schedule an interview.
All independent students are requested
to bring a copy of their previous year’s federal income
tax return along with the completed application to the interview. Students who are dependents must bring a copy
of their parents’ previous federal income tax as well as a copy of their federal income tax return, assuming they filed one.