EXCEL/SSS is a federally-funded TRIO program
designed to help students overcome academic, social, cultural,
and other barriers in order to succeed in college. It is funded
through Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. EXCEL/SSS
serves 200 students 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
EXCEL/SSS provides opportunities
for academic development, assists students with basic college
requirements, and challenges students to achieve their academic
EXCEL/SSS has a proven
track record of helping students succeed at Mineral Area College
and preparing them for success at four-year institutions.
Approximately 35% of
EXCEL/SSS graduates transfer to four year institutions, and many of
these students receive scholarships. EXCEL/SSS alumni are currently
enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), St. Louis
University, Washington University, University of Missouri- Rolla
(UMR), University of Missouri- St. Louis (UMSL), Central Methodist
University (CMU) as well as other universities and colleges.
They are pursuing degrees in many different areas including engineering,
psychology, elementary education, secondary education, social
work, sociology, and medicine.
Participants in Student
Support Services programs such as EXCEL are nearly twice as likely
to remain in school as students with similar backgrounds who do
not participate in SSS programs.
Take the challenge!
EXCEL/SSS is the smart thing to do. Stop by and get an application
the support necessary for each EXCEL/SSS student to reach his/her
own level of academic excellence and succeed in achieving a postsecondary
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.
- Potential 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 substantially limits participation in
the educational experience.
initiate the application process themselves or be referred by
a MAC faculty member. In order to apply to EXCEL/SSS, simply stop
by the EXCEL/SSS office and pick up an Express
Application, or print one by clicking on Express Application,
or call the EXCEL/SSS Office (573) 518 - 2131 to schedule an interview.
Students who are referred
by a MAC faculty member will be contacted by the EXCEL/SSS Office
to schedule an interview at a mutually convenient time.
All students are requested
to bring a copy of their previous year’s federal income
tax return. In the case of students who are dependents, a copy
of the parents’ previous federal income tax is also required.
If tax returns are not available, the EXCEL/SSS staff will discuss
other options of documentation we need with the student at the
time of the interview. Please bring the completed 2012-2013 EXCEL Application with you.
EXCEL/SSS Advisory Services
EXCEL/SSS Tutoring Services
EXCEL/SSS Staff and Tutor Lists
EXCEL/SSS Student Resources - Links to Help You Manage Your Financial Life
EXCEL/SSS Spring 2013 Memo
EXCEL/SSS Supplemental Grant Aid Application (available Fall 2013)
EXCEL/SSS Fall 2013 Memo from Denise & Scholarship Application (available FA '13)