What is TRIO?

Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance. In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate, and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life. Those programs are referred to as the TRIO programs and are funded under the Higher Education Act of 1965.

The history of TRIO is progressive and started with three programs, from which the name TRIO originated. The seven programs are:

  • Upward Bound (1964)
  • Talent Search (1965)
  • Student Support Services (1968)
  • Educational Opportunity Centers (1972)
  • Veterans Upward Bound (1972)
  • Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate (1989)
  • Upward Bound Math-Science (1990)

The programs are designed to help young people complete high school and college as well as encourage adults to return to school or obtain GED and then obtain a college degree. A few of the services offered are financial aid filing assistance and scholarship searches, tutoring (for students in middle school, high school, and college), career interest and ability testing, and college campus visits.