The Federal TRiO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO includes five distinct outreach programs targeted to serve and assist students on their academic journey from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.
The history of TRiO is progressive. 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.
Over the years the TRiO Programs have been expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and to reach more students who need assistance. The Higher Education Amendments of 1972 added the fourth program to the TRiO group by authorizing the Educational Opportunity Centers. The 1976 Education Amendments authorized the Training Program for Federal TRiO Programs, initially known as the Training Program for Special Programs Staff and Leadership Personnel. Amendments in 1968 added the sixth program, the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. Additionally, in 1990, the Department created the Upward Bound Math/Science program to address the need for specific instruction in the fields of math and science. The Upward Bound Math/Science program is administered under the same regulation as the regular Upward Bound program, but it must be applied for separately. The legislative requirements for all six TRiO programs can be found in the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2.
The program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education. Student Support Services (SSS) projects also may provide grant aid to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants (# 84.063). The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next.
TRiO SSS offers a wide array of services from Academic Advisement to Volunteer Opportunities. The most popular service we offer is Peer Instruction. All TRiO students can request a tutor for up to 2 classes each semester. We also have plenty of open labs for all of those who need a little extra help. Visit our open lab schedule to learn more. We also provide our students with a computer lab and printer, click here to find out more. TRiO also has 2 full time Academic Advisers and one part time adviser to assist you in your educational needs. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 801.863.8541