TRIO Programs

TRIO Programs

What is TRIO?

The TRIO programs include eight outreach and support programs targeted to help disadvantaged students progress from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs: 

When and why did it start?

It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act.

In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960's, the term "TRIO" was coined to describe these federal programs.

TRIO Pipeline

Pipeline students are those students who travel from Upward Bound and then on to another TRIO program in college such as Student Support Services and McNair Scholars Program as they progress through their higher education. These programs also help these students who are often financially challenged to work through the difficult financial aid process. The goal of these programs is to develop skilled, focused, and motivated students to engage them in the idea of attending and being the first in their family to graduate from a postsecondary institution.