About TRIO

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What Is TRIO?

The federal TRIO programs are eight programs designed to provide educational opportunity for Americans by helping low-income individuals enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life—regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. They were established by the U.S. Congress under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) . Initially, there were just three programs (Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services), and so the programs became known as TRIO.

Today, the eight TRIO programs serve and assist first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

FVSU’s TRIO Programs

The goals of FVSU’s TRIO programs are achieved through an interconnected series of academic, personal, social, financial, technological and cultural related support services.

  • FVSU Upward Bound: Helps high school students increase their likelihood of graduating from high school followed by college completion by administering  programs related to academic instruction and cultural and social enrichment activities
  • FVSU Educational Talent Search: Provides supportive services to 6th – 12th grade students to increase the number of youth graduating from high school and entering the college of their choice. This includes adults who are seeking to re-enter the educational process for the GED or for veterans and other adults who seek to enter college
  • FVSU Student Support Services: Assists with the academic development of college students and motivates those students to successfully obtain their college degree and potentially move to graduate level work.

Download the Trio brochure