What Is TRIO?

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The TRIO Programs were originally established by the federal government in 1965 to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance.

TRIO programs are very effective and many students from low-income families depend on these programs to succeed academically in high school and have graduated from college with the special assistance and support of our nation's TRIO programs. In addition, one TRIO program in particular, the Ronald E. McNair post Baccalaureate Achievement, is one of only a few programs in America that encourages low-income and minority undergraduates to prepare for Doctoral study.

Although 11 million Americans critically need to access the TRIO programs, federal funding permits fewer than 7 percent of eligible youth and adults. In many communities, the TRIO programs are some of the only programs that help students to overcome class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education.