What is TRIO

There are eight federally-funded TRIO Programs that provide outreach and student services to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities) to assist through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. The first TRIO program was introduced in 1964 and now there are over 3,100 programs serving over 810,000 participants.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound serves high school students, offering services such as advising, tutoring, and a summer program. There are 951 Upward Bound programs.

Educational Talent Search

Talent Search serves students in 6-12 grades, providing "academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education."

student support services (SSS)

SSS Programs provide academic tutoring, advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection, and scholarship and financial aid assistance to students at 2 and 4-year colleges and universities.

Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC)

EOC Programs "provide counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education."

McNair Program

McNair Programs provide opportunities to college/university students "for research or other scholarly activities; summer internships; tutoring; academic counseling; and activities designed to prepare students for enrollment in graduate programs."

Upward BOund Math and Science (UBMS)

Providing the same services as Upward Bound, the UBMS program specifically aims "to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science."

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB)

The VUB Programs are "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."

TRIO Training

TRIO Training Programs "support training to enhance the skills and expertise of project directors and staff employed in the Federal TRIO Programs."

There are ten regional associations for TRIO professionals. These associations are dedicated to professional development, offering student opportunities, and networking to improve the community and services offered by TRIO programs.