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Federal TRIO Programs

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The Federal TRiO Programs (TRiO) are federal outreach and student services programs in the United States designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. They are administered, funded, and implemented by the United States Department of Education. TRiO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. TRiO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRiO projects. Their existence is owed to the passing of the Higher Education Act of 1965.[1]

TRiO was given its name after the first three programs (Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services) were implemented;[2] the name is not an acronym.[3]

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>> Before I discovered TRIO, I was the student that just came to campus, went to class, and left. I did not actually have that community support within the school that I needed and that I actually seeked for. >> I attended a semester or two never quite successfully, just to try to understand what college was. >> Before finding TRIO, I would say that I couldn't really identify all of my needs as a student. I think that every day was kind of a like a wing day to day kind of wing it basis. And having found TRIO, I realized that school didn't have to be that way. >> I felt lost. I feel with no guidance at all. I felt not connect to people with the students especially with the professors. >> The TRIO Program is a college success program meant to address social and economic barriers to education. >> It is a vital resource for students from low income first generation families and students with a documented disability. >> We provide academic and support services for students in need. >> The goal is to close the growing achievement gap in America education. >> When I first came to PCC, I didn't know how to be a student. It had been such a long time since I was a student. >> I hadn't been in school for 10 years and I had kids at that point. >> Because I have a learning disability, a lot of my struggles were with spelling and punctuation and so forth. Transposing of words and numbers. >> As a low income first generation college student, I needed a lot of support. I've been out of school for about 10 years and I have never had anyone complete a degree within my immediate family and so I didn't really know where to start. >> I used to feel like I was alone. My first term felt really rough, but after I was accepted to TRIO everything changed. I became part of a community of learning. Learners. >> What attracted me to TRIO was the welcoming support that I felt. I didn't feel overwhelmed to know exactly what classes I needed to take or how long do you want to be at a community college until you transfer. I had that support to know that it's at my own pace. >> The thing that impressed me the most was that I was approached as a human being in a different way that make me feel that I had been heard. >> The main draw for this program is that TRIO provides wraparound services for students. To really give them all of the services that they need while they're here at PCC. Wraparound services for our program are like academic advising. We have financial literacy for our students. They get resources with tutoring. We also provide them connections with like student leadership or community resources, counseling, all of those things. So, we really give them what they need to successfully move through college and graduate or transfer. >> Once I got into the TRIO program, I knew that I was going to have the resources to work towards my academic goals. >> Being part of TRIO is different than being a student on my own. Because I am part of a community not only with people around me that are like minded and want to succeed, but also I have the support from people behind the scenes. Have the support from a dedicated counselor. I have the support of the front office for whatever I need to be referred to a special tutor if I needed too. >> Because I had always been told that it's great if you do things on your own, but there has always been, there's no successful person who does it totally on their own. Whether your going to need help with your homework, whether they are advising you on your classes, that's the kind of support. What surprised me about TRIO was just the consistency. The two years that I've been here, they have been consistently emailing me, calling me, checking on me. >> I was attracted to joining TRIO because I noticed that I had a need to find connection on campus and also I noticed that I had a need to find school being meaningful for me in a bare way and in also a way that I could connect to individually. >> Before attending ROOTS, I didn't care if I passed my classes with A or B, and now that I am a ROOTS student, I want to be on the list of the personal list. I want to get A's because I know I can do that. And after joining ROOTS, my GPA went from 2.5 to 4.00. >> To join TRIO you need to have nine credits or more with a 2.0 GPA and be in good academic standing. >> Take at least 50% of your classes at Cascade campus. >> And be placed into or enrolled in at least one of the following. Reading 115 or below, writing 115 or below, or math 95 and below. >> Because TRIO is a federal program, you will also need to be eligible for financial aid. >> Or be a first generation college student, meaning your caretakers or parents did not graduate from a four-year university. >> Or be a student with a documented disability. >> 90 to 90% of students would say they wouldn't have made it through college without the TRIO program. >> Other students should consider TRIO because it takes a village to complete a degree and if you have any belief that you can't do it, there are people here to tell you that you can. And there are resources for you working in your benefit. A true leader goes a long way going to school. >> Why should you join TRIO? Because 70% of TRIO students continuously pursue their academic goals. >> 68% of TRIO students remain in good academic standing. >> And 33% graduate with an associate degree. >> 39% of TRIO graduate and transfer to a four-year university. >> $25,000 in scholarships were awarded to TRIO students in 2015. >> I am TRIO. >> I am TRIO. >> I am TRIO. >> I am TRIO. >> I am TRIO. >> I am TRIO.



The eight programs administered are (in order of creation):[4][5]

Upward Bound
Upward Bound (UB) is a federally funded educational program within the United States. The program is one of a cluster of programs referred to as TRiO, all of which owe their existence to the federal Higher Education Act of 1965. Upward Bound programs are implemented and monitored by the United States Department of Education. The goal of Upward Bound is to provide certain categories of high school students better opportunities for attending college. The categories of greatest concern are those with low income, those with parents who did not attend college,[6] and those living in rural areas. The program works through individual grants, each of which covers a restricted geographic area and provide services to approximately 50 to 100 students annually. Upward Bound alumni include Emmy-winning Journalist and Author Rick Blalock, Democratic Political Strategist Donna Brazile, Academy Award Winner Viola Davis, ABC News Correspondent John Quinones and Former NBA player Patrick Ewing.
Talent Search
Talent Search (TS) identifies junior high and high school students who might benefit from intervention strategies meant to increase the chances of the student pursuing a college education. There are currently more than 475 TS programs in the U.S. serving more than 389,000 students.[7] At least two-thirds of the students in each local TS program must be from low-income economic backgrounds and from families where parents do not have a bachelor's degree.[8] TS is a grant-funded program. Local programs are required to demonstrate that they meet federal requirements every five years in order to maintain funding. Talent Search alumni include US Congressman Henry Bonilla.
Student Support Services
Student Support Services (SSS) receives funding through a federal grant competition. Funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. SSS projects also may provide grant aid to current participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants.[9] Alumni of Student Support Services include Viola Davis and Franklin Chang-Diaz.
Educational Opportunity Centers
The Educational Opportunity Centers program (EOC) provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. The program also provides services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants. An important objective of the program is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, and to assist in the application process. The goal of the EOC program is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions.[10]
Veterans Upward Bound
Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of postsecondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs.[11]
Training Program for Federal TRiO Programs
The purpose of the Training Program for Federal TRiO Programs (TRiO Staff Training) is to increase the effectiveness of TRiO programs through staff training and development. Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education and other public and private nonprofit institutions and organizations to support training to enhance the skills and expertise of project directors and staff employed in the Federal TRiO Programs. Funds may be used for conferences, seminars, internships, workshops, or the publication of manuals. Training topics are based on priorities established by the Secretary of Education and announced in Federal Register notices inviting applications.[12]
Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, often referred to as the McNair Scholars Program, is a United States Department of Education initiative with a goal of increasing "attainment of PhD degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society," including first-generation low-income individuals and members from racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in graduate programs.[13]
Upward Bound Math-Science
Upward Bound Math-Science (UBMS) was first authorized through the Higher Education Act of 1965 and reauthorized in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.[14] Participating students must have completed the eighth grade and be low-income or "potential first-generation college students", with two-thirds of selected applicants meeting both of the criteria.[15] The program provides counseling, summer programs, research, computer training, and connections to university faculty with the goal of improving students' math and science skills and helping them obtain degrees and careers in the maths and sciences.[16] Students in the summer program attend 5 weeks of English, math, and science classes in the summer months. Mathematics classes include algebra, geometry, precalculus, calculus, and science courses are held for biology, chemistry, and physics. After completing the program, the student receives one college credit from the associated institution.

Notable TRiO participants

  • Hector Balderas, Upward Bound, New Mexico State Auditor
  • Angela Bassett, Upward Bound, Academy Award nominated actress
  • Rick Blalock, Upward Bound, Emmy Award winning journalist and former CNN writer/producer
  • Donna Brazile, Upward Bound, political strategist, TV commentator, interim chairperson of the Democratic National Committee
  • Henry Bonilla, Talent Search, US Congressman
  • Franklin Chang-Diaz, Student Support Services, first Hispanic Astronaut
  • Kenneth Corn, Talent Search, youngest Oklahoma State Representative (22), youngest Oklahoma State Senator (25)
  • Viola Davis, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Academy Award winning actress
  • Patrick Ewing, Upward Bound, Coach, Olympian and Former Professional Basketball Player
  • A. C. Green, Student Support Services, former professional basketball player
  • Bernard Harris, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, first African-American astronaut to perform an extra-vehicular activity (spacewalk)
  • Wil Haygood, Upward Bound, author and journalist
  • José M. Hernández, Upward Bound, second Hispanic astronaut
  • Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Upward Bound, music producers
  • Kenny Leon, Upward Bound, director, Tony Award nominee
  • Gwendolynne Moore, Student Support Services, US Congresswoman
  • Steve Perry, Upward Bound, cable news education commentator and school principal
  • Anastasia Pittman, Student Support Services, Oklahoma State Representative
  • Troy Polamalu, Upward Bound, professional football player
  • John Quinones, Upward Bound, correspondent for ABC News, "Prime Time Live"
  • Kevin Shibilski, Student Support Services, Wisconsin State Senator
  • Sidney P. Barfield, Upward Bound, retired US Army
  • [Rodney Estrada], Talent Search, Head Coach Emmanuel College, Nationally recognized public speaker,


  1. ^ US Dept. of Ed. TRiO Home page
  2. ^ "History of the Federal TRIO Programs". Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  3. ^ Glossary of Acronyms and Abbreviations, United States Department of Education, 2007, 4. Accessed 2012-07-26.
  4. ^ "History of the Federal TRIO Programs".
  5. ^ "Veterans Upward Bound Newsletter" (PDF). Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Upward Bound Program". Retrieved 2011-02-28.
  7. ^ Educational Talent Search at UC Davis
  8. ^ Eligibility - Talent Search Program
  9. ^ "US Dept. of Ed. TRiO Student Support Services".
  10. ^ "Educational Opportunity Centers". US Dept. of Ed. Educational Opportunity Centers. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Veterans Upward Bound Program". US Dept. of Ed. TRiO Veterans Upward Bound. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  12. ^ "TRiO Staff Training". US Dept. of Ed. TRiO Staff Training. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  13. ^ Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program: Purpose.
  14. ^ "Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance - Upward Bound Math-Science". Retrieved 2011-02-28.
  15. ^ "Eligibility - Upward Bound Math-Science". 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
  16. ^ "Upward Bound Math-Science". Retrieved 2011-02-28.

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