What is TRIO?
TRIO began as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty in 1965. The first TRIO programs – Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, and Student Support Services – provided federal funds to increase the number of first-generation*, low-income students who pursue and complete post-secondary/higher education. Today, the original programs have grown to include Educational Opportunity Centers, the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, Upward Bound Math Science, and Veterans Upward Bound. It is estimated that 790,000 low-income, first generation students and students with disabilities are served by over 2,800 TRIO programs nationally. TRIO works! For more information on TRIO visit here.
Connecticut TRIO Fast Facts
Connecticut serves over 6,200 students in 16 TRIO programs across 18 public and private institutions, including:
- Central Connecticut State University
- CONNTAC, INC (at 10 Connecticut Community Colleges)
- Fairfield University
- Manchester Community College
- Norwalk Community College
- Sacred Heart University
- Stamford Public Schools
- University of Bridgeport
- University of Connecticut
- Wesleyan University
- Western Connecticut State University
TRIO increases first-generation, low-income students’ access to post-secondary/higher education; supports their retention and graduation from high school, post-secondary school, and college; and prepares FGLI undergraduate students for doctoral studies. TRIO services include, but aren’t limited to:
- One-on-one academic, financial aid, career, and personal advising
- Academic tutoring
- Peer coaching
- Assistance with the college selection, college application, and financial aid processes
- Exposure to college academics and campus life through college visits and pre-collegiate summer programs
- Leadership and professional development opportunities
- Opportunities to engage in research and develop academic networks.
*Neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree.