TRIO is a nationwide, federally-funded organization of projects committed to providing educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance.
As mandated by Congress, two-thirds of the students served must come from low-income families, where neither parent graduated from college. More than 2,700 TRIO programs currently serve nearly 866,000 low-income Americans nationwide. A student must be eligible to receive services and be accepted into a funded project that serves the institution or school that the student is attending or the area in which the student lives. Twenty-two thousand individuals with disabilities and more than 25,000 U.S. veterans are currently enrolled in the TRIO programs.
TRIO programs benefit from host institutions, which consist of colleges, universities, community colleges, and other institutions. These host institutions house the programs' work and office space; programs serving middle and high schools use the institution as a “home base” while traveling to the middle and high schools to provide services. TRIO funds are distributed to institutions through competitive grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. Click here for more information about Federal low-income guidelines.