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Student Assistance Program

Created as a response to the changing needs of students as a result of welfare reform, the Students Assistance Program, which started as the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), began offering services to students receiving the (TANF) government cash grant in 1998. Many changes to public assistance programs, the economy, and the needs of STLCC students have resulted in the expansion of the services and the populations helped by the Student Assistance Program. 

Any St. Louis Community College student may seek services from the Student Assistance Program. As each student has a unique set of needs, services will be tailored to meet the individual needs of each student. Typical services provided are those that will help each student manage the life issues that often have a negative impact on their continued college enrollment and success.

The general services provided by the Student Assistance Program are:

  • Attendance and Program Progress Verification for students participating and/or receiving -
    • The Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) Program,
    • State Child Care Assistance,
    • Trade Act Funding (Florissant Valley only),
    • Unemployment Compensation (Florissant Valley only),
    • Other similar programs
  • Crisis assistance for a variety of situations include, but not limited to homelessness, utility disconnects, domestic violence, and others as identified. Students will be assisted in locating and accessing resources as needed.
    • Brown Bag Café-campus food pantry, providing meals to current students in need. BBC is located in the SAP Office in Clark Hall/AD 130 at the Meramec campus only. 
  • Extensive information for programs such as Food Stamps, Missouri HealthNet (Medicaid), Child Care, and Temporary Assistance. Students will be assisted with determining potential eligibility as well as how to apply and gather the necessary information needed to expedite their application. Resources for community programs are also explored as appropriate. 
  • Assist students in problem-solving barriers that affect school retention and success. This may include helping students identify and access community resources such as affordable housing, child care, utility assistance, etc.
  • Provide Advocacy Services which may include direct advocacy for the student or encouraging the student to self-advocate.
  • Academic Advising services provided at Florissant Valley and Wildwood.

Confidentiality is maintained for all services provided within legal and ethical guidelines.