TRIO programs provide educational opportunities for low-income individuals, first-generation college-bound students and disabled Americans. Congress established a series of programs to help low-income and disabled Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (as there were initially just three programs).
Students enrolled in current TRIO programs reflect the diversity of our nation. Approximately 37 percent of students are Caucasian, 36 percent African American, 19 percent Hispanic, 4 percent Native American, and 4 percent Asian American. Additionally, about 16,000 disabled students and more than 25,000 U.S. veterans are currently enrolled in TRIO programs. More than 1,200 colleges, universities, community colleges and agencies now offer TRIO programs in America. See the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO website for more information.
The Center for Educational Opportunity Programs is proud to sponsor the following TRIO Programs: