Self Sufficiency Program

Ready to Blossom?

The Self-Sufficiency Program is your first step.

Start date for Fall Semester 2019 is Tuesday, Sept. 17th, 6-8 pm!  

6 PM, in room 4309, Centennial Hall. View the Campus Map.


The purpose of the Self-Sufficiency Program is to extend the availability of higher education to low-income parents by preparing them to be successful college students. 

If you are thinking about college and you need some direction & support, contact SSP! We have strategies, answers & encouragement!

"The program helped me to change my thought process. I have gone from thinking that I couldn't do well to knowing I can do anything I set my mind to do…More women need these programs in order to believe in themselves and prove they are capable of going as far as their dreams and beyond."

-Libia Aguilar, SSP Graduate & Lawyer

The Program:

SSP is a free, one-semester program that offers participants an opportunity to discover their academic and career potential. The class meets 1-2 evenings per week in La Crosse during the Fall and Spring semester. Free childcare is available on-site during every class.

The SSP course is designed to accomplish three goals:

  • Familiarize students with college application and admissions procedures, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities
  • Engage the class in weekly critical thinking, writing, reading and math skills-in essence, we "practice" college level work in a supportive and encouraging environment.
  • Customize a personal educational plan that considers each student's learning and career goals to reach the highest level of success possible.

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The SSP is an outreach program of the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

SSP Policy

The Self-Sufficiency Program administrators and the SSP Locally Grown Scholarship Fund committee are committed to a policy of providing equal opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, physical disability, mental disability, veterans status, or membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state.