TRiO is an educational opportunity for economically disadvantaged and disabled Americans. In support of the commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic status, Congress established a series of programs to help economically disadvantaged Americans enter into postsecondary education activities. Students continue their education at community colleges, technical programs, four-year institutions and more.
TRiO programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRiO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers. Additional funding is earned through grants.
As mandated by Congress, two-thirds of the students served must come from families with incomes under $28,000 and where neither parent graduated from college. Nationwide, more than 2,700 TRiO programs currently serve nearly 866,000 low income individuals. Programs are primarily targeted toward 6th through 12th grade.
TRiO at the University of Idaho
For high school students: Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science
For college undergraduate students: Student Support Services
For college graduate students: McNair Program
For adults: Educational Opportunity Center
Evidence of Achievement
(source: Council for Opportunity in Education)
Students in the Upward Bound program are four times more likely to earn an undergraduate degree than those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in TRiO; nearly 20 percent of all Black and Hispanic freshmen who entered college in 1981 received assistance through the TRiO Talent Search or EOC programs; students in the TRiO Student Support Services program are more than twice as likely to remain in college than those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program.