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.
These Programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.
The name TRIO now refers to eight educational assistance programs (see the drop-down list below):
offers participating high school students academic & non-academic support to enter post-secondary education;
Educational Talent Search
serves middle school and high school students during the school year;
Student Support Services
provides academic and personal support services to college students;
serves juniors and seniors in college with the purpose of encouraging and preparing participants to enter graduate school;
Educational Opportunity Center
provide college entrance and financial aid information to older Americans who are economically disadvantaged;
Upward Bound Math-Science
strengthens high school students' math & science skills and encourages them to pursue degrees in math & science, and ultimately careers in those fields;
Veterans Upward Bound
is in place to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other vital skills necessary for acceptance and success in their postsecondary education.
Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs
provide training to enhance skills of project directors and staff employed in Federal TRIO Programs.
More TRIO-related Information:
The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to expanding college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students, veterans and students with disabilities by working collaboratively with colleges, universities, and agencies that host TRIO Programs.
Northwest Association of Educational Opportunity Programs (NAEOP) is the representative organization of TRIO programs in the Department of Education's Pacific Northwest region, including Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
This grant has been 100% federally funded by the United States Department of Education to serve 160 scholars annually in the amount of $231,103 per year for a period of five years.
TRIO at Washington State University
McNair Achievement Programs
- At WSU Pullman since 1998. Funded at $225,000 annually. Visit the Mcnair Program website here.
Student Support Services Program
- At WSU Pullman since 2001. Funded at $238,496 annually.
- At WSU Pullman since 2015 (Teacher Preparation TRIO SSS Program). Funded at $222,000 annually. Visit the Provost website here.
- At WSU Tri-Cities since 2010. Funded at $220,000 annually. Visit the WSU Tri-Cities TRIO website here.
Upward Bound Programs
- At WSU Pullman since 2003. Central Okanogan County funded at $250,000 annually. Visit the College bound website here.
- At WSU Pullman since 2012. North Okanogan County funded at $250,000 annually. Visit the College bound website here.
- At WSU Spokane since 2003. Ferry/Stevens Counties funded at $250,000 annually. Visit the Spokane Upward Bound website here.
- At WSU Tri-Cities since 2003. Yakima County funded at $250,000 annually. Visit the Gear Up website here.
- At WSU Tri-Cities since 2007. Columbia Basin County funded at $262,500 annually.
Fun Fact: Every year on the last Saturday of February, high school and college students, teachers, Members of Congress, local officials, TRIO Program staff, scholars and alumni, and many others celebrate, reflect, and act on behalf of TRIO!