Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.
In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life.
These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs).
While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRiO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.
Five TRiO Programs To Better Serve Our Students
Use the navigation to view the individual web pages to learn more about each program.
Education Opportunity Centers (EOC)
Helps primarily low-income adults 19 and over who would be first generation college students gain admission to college and find financial assistance for their education.
Services include assistance with completing college admission and financial aid applications; guidance on secondary school re-entry or entry to a GED program; academic advice; and career counseling.
Student Support Services (SSS)
Helps low-income and first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities graduate from college.
Services include assistance with securing financial aid; personal, academic and career counseling; academic instruction; assistance with transition to four-year programs from two-year institutions; assistance with applying to graduate and professional programs; and activities specially designed for students with limited English proficiency.
Student Support Services Veterans (SSSV)
Helps low-income and first-generation Veterans with disabilities graduate from college.
Services include assistance with securing financial aid; personal, academic and career counseling; academic instruction; assistance with transition to four-year programs from two-year institutions; assistance with applying to graduate and professional programs.
Talent Search (TS)
Identifies, prepares and assists individuals ages 11-27 with applying for financial aid and college admission.
Services include tutoring and mentoring; personal, career and academic counseling; exposure to college campuses; and assistance with college entrance exam preparation and financial aid and college admissions applications.
Upward Bound (UB)
Prepares high school students and veterans for success in postsecondary education.
Types of projects include Regular, Veterans and Math and Science Centers. Regular project services include a summer instructional component; instruction in subjects including mathematics through pre-calculus, laboratory science, and foreign language; mentoring programs; counseling; and exposure to cultural events.
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