In 1965, Congress committed our country to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance.
To do this, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college and graduate. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO programs (originally just three programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO Programs help students overcome class, social, academic, and cultural barriers to education.
There are currently seven programs within the TRIO system. These include:
- Upward Bound
- Helps young people and adults prepare for higher education. Participants receive instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, and science on college campuses both during the summer and the academic school year. Currently, 774 programs are in operation throughout the United States.
- Upward Bound Math and Science
- Upward Bound Math & Science helps students from low-income families to strengthen math and science skills. In addition, students learn computer technology as well as English, foreign language and study skills.More than 130 programs are serving students throughout the country.
- Veterans Upward Bound
- Veterans Upward Bound programs provide intensive basic skills development and short-term remedial courses for military veterans to help them successfully transition to postsecondary education.
- Student Support Services
- Helps students to stay in college until they earn their baccalaureate degree.
- Educational Talent Search
- This early intervention program seeks to help young students (grades six through twelve) and their families better understand their educational opportunities and options. Currently there are over 386,000 students enrolled in 471 Talent Search TRIO programs.
- Educational Opportunity Centers
- Serves displaced or underemployed workers from families with incomes under $24,000. These Centers help people to choose a college and a suitable financial aid program. There are 138 Educational Opportunity Centers in America serving 210,000 individuals.
- Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Programs
- This program was named in honor of the astronaut that died in the 1986 space-shuttle explosion. Its purpose is to encourage low-income and minority undergraduates to consider careers in college teaching as well as prepare for doctoral study. There are currently 179 programs, serving 4,100 students.
- WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Two-thirds of the students served must come from families with incomes under $28,000, where neither parent graduated from college.
- HOW IT WORKS
Over 1,000 colleges, universities, community colleges, and agencies now offer TRIO Programs in America. TRIO funds are distributed to institutions through competitive grants.
- WHAT IS NCEOA?
The National Council of Educational Opportunity Associations (NCEOA) represents Americans who must overcome class, social and cultural barriers to succeed in college.
Over 1,200 colleges, universities, community colleges and agencies now offer TRIO programs in America. Over 1750 TRIO programs serve nearly 700,000 low income Americans.