The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects.
History of the Federal TRIO Programs
The Federal TRIO Program began with Upward Bound, which emerged from 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.
TRIO: Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded college retention and completion program. The program focus is on academic, personal and career support for under-resourced undergraduate students. Nationally, TRIO SSS programs provide opportunities for academic development, assist students in meeting college requirements, and motivate students toward successful completion of their college degree.
The programs promote educational opportunities for undergraduate students. TRIO: SSS provides academic and personal development opportunities which assist students with college requirements. These programs motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education and promote graduate school enrollment. Opportunities include individualized coaching and academic tutoring at no cost to the student.
At TRIO SSS our goal is helping our students reach their goals. The TRIO SSS Program serves 140 students annually.
Educational Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and to complete their post-secondary education.
The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participants with the post-secondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or post-secondary level to enter or reenter and complete post-secondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their post-secondary education.Upward Bound is a college preparatory program designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in post-secondary education among high school students who are low income and potential first generation college students. The mission of Upward Bound is to encourage and assist high school students who are traditionally underrepresented in post-secondary education because of income, family educational background and/or other relevant federal, state, or institutional criteria, in the preparation for, entry to, and completion of a post-secondary education.
Upward Bound is a college preparatory program designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in post-secondary education among high school students who are low income and potential first generation college students. The mission of Upward Bound is to encourage and assist high school students who are traditionally underrepresented in post-secondary education because of income, family educational background and/or other relevant federal, state, or institutional criteria, in the preparation for, entry to, and completion of a post-secondary education.
The Upward Bound program consists of an academic year and summer residential component. During the academic year, Upward Bound participants meet weekly after school for advising, tutoring and special activity sessions. The six-week summer residential component is conducted on the campus of the University of Georgia.
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