What are TRIO Programs:

  • Federally-funded programs established under the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, referred to as the TRiO Programs (initially just three programs).
  • Established by the United States Congress to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate, and go on to contribute to American societal and economic life.
  • The original trio of programs were Student Support Services, Upward Bound and Talent Search.
  • In addition to the original three programs, TRIO programs also include: Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans' Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Centers, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

The Purpose of TRIO programs:

  • To help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to higher education.
  • To provide educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • To provide outreach, support and assistance to low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities
  • To help students progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

More TRIO History.