TRiO Programs

What is TRiO?

Funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, TRiO is a series of educational opportunity programs designed to help low income, first generation, and/or disabled Americans enter college.

TRiO is committed to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. TRiO programs provide academic and affective support to help students overcome the barriers to higher education.

TRiO Programs at the Center for Pre-College Programs include the following programs.

Who is Served?

Congress mandated that two-thirds of the students served must come from low-income families where neither parent graduated from college.

  • Currently, over 2,700 TRiO Programs serve nearly 873,000 low-income students/participants. The Educational Talent Search Programs serve students in grades six through twelve with the Upward Bound Program serving students in grades nine through twelve.
  • Thirty-seven percent of TR i O students are Whites, 36% are African-Americans, 19% are Hispanics, 4% are Native Americans, 4% are Asian-Americans, and 2% are listed as “Other”, including multiracial students.
  • Sixteen thousand students with disabilities and more than 25,000 US veterans are currently enrolled in TR i O Program (Upward Bound, UB Math/Science, SSS, Talent Search, EOC, and McNair).

More information is available in the full TRiO Application (pdf)