I’m sure you’ve seen TRiO signs, like the one posted above, around the SSS office and on our website, but do you know what that really means?? Likewise, you know that you’re a member of SSS, but did you know that you’re actually part of TRiO as well? Unless you were also a part of the Upward Bound program as well, you may not have. The information below, taken from its webpage, details what exactly TRiO is and the opportunities it provides for the students it serves.
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.
TRiO programs are designed to help low-income and first-generation Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. TRiO projects are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are the TRiO Programs because there were initially three (TRiO Educational Talent Search, TRiO Upward Bound, and TRiO Student Support Services). While student financial aid helps students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRiO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.
Who is Served
More than 2,700 TRiO Programs currently serve nearly 866,000 low-income Americans nationwide. Many programs serve students in grades six through 12; other programs serve current college students. Twenty-two thousand students with disabilities and more than 25,000 U.S. veterans are currently enrolled in the TRIO Programs.
Evidence of Achievement
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. Students in the TRIO Student Support Services program are more than twice as likely to remain in college as students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program.
If you would like any more information or are maybe even interested in getting involved with TRiO, stop by the office and ask one of our mentors or full-time staff!