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Welcome to the Student Support Services - KEYS Program!

The Student Support Services - KEYS Program is a federally-funded TRIO program that provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and motivates students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary degree.

The main goal of the SSS - KEYS Program is to increase the college retention, graduation, and transfer rates of first-generation, low-income, and disabled students.

The SSS - KEYS Program is funded to serve 240 students each year that meet the eligibility criteria and who have a desire for academic success.

Often it takes only a little extra help to make your college experience more successful. The KEYS staff can help you identify new ways to get the most out of your classes or improve your current study habits. We can also assist students in identifying opportunities and resources available at AWC, in the community, and at other colleges and universities that will aid you in meeting educational and career goals.

If you are having trouble meeting the requirements of college classes, or are not satisfied with the grades you are earning, we may be able to help you. The staff cares and wants to help you realize your full potential.

The mission of the SSS - KEYS Program is to retain, graduate, and/or transfer students, who are historically under-represented in higher education, to four-year universities in good academic standing. We work toward our mission with support services provided by our committed staff who are personable and empathetic to student needs and who believe in the power of education. Program participants are provided with necessary guidance, encouragement, tools and resources to take ownership of their educational goals through services that are culturally sensitive, individualized, and rewarding.

The SSS - KEYS Program's goal is to provide students with assistance that will increase their chances of graduating from college or transferring to a university. The SSS - KEYS staff works closely with each student to determine each individual's area of need and to develop a strategy to meet that need. These services, funded through the U.S. Department of Education, will be available to students until they graduate or transfer to another college or university.

To be eligible for the program, a student must:

  • Be currently enrolled at AWC.

  • Be a permanent resident or citizen of the U.S. or other eligible resident.

  • Need academic assistance according to SSS - KEYS Program guidelines.

  • Meet at least one of the following eligibility guidelines:
    • Have a low-income background (according to federal guidelines)
    • Be a first-generation college student (parents/guardians did not earn a bachelors degree in the U.S.)
    • Have a physical challenge or learning disability (additional services available for persons with a disability)

(The items listed below are needed in order to process your application. Please include the following documents with your completed application.)

  1. Make an appointment with our Front Desk.
    You may call us at (928)344-7761 or you may come in-person to make an appointment. All of our Coordinators are available to meet with you for an Initial Intake Interview. Please bring all of your application materials (below) to your Interview.

  2. Get an Application
    You can print a copy of our current application HERE. Or you can pick up an application at our Front Desk (located on the 2nd floor of the 3C building).

  3. Income Verfication
    A copy of your and/or your parent/guardian's tax forms for the prior year. If you are receiving more than 50% of your support from your parents, you must get a copy of their federal taxes. If you are an independent student (married, military, etc), you may bring a copy of your own taxes (if applicable). If you are unable to retrieve a copy of the federal taxes, you may bring in a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) sent to you when you applied for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may get a free copy of your SAR from the AWC Financial Aid Office.

  4. Unofficial College Transcripts
    You can print a copy of your college transcripts from WebAdvisor or a free copy can be obtained from AWC Enrollment Services. College transcripts are required for Continuing AWC Applicants only.

  5. AWC Placement Test Results
    You can print a copy of your Placement Test Results from WebAdvisor or a free copy can be obtained from AWC Testing Services.

  6. Documentation of Disability (if applicable)
    For applicants trying to qualify under our Disability Criteria, any of the following documents will be acceptable:
    - Letter of services from AWC AccessABILITY Services
    - Individual Education Plan

  7. One Page Essay (Typed and Double-spaced)
    Please address the following questions in your essay:
    - Please tell us about your personal background and interests.
    - What are your academic goals? What degree do you want to obtain?
    - What are your career goals? What is your dream job?
    - Describe how the KEYS Program can help you meet your goals.


Download an application

2015 Program Application

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