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Due to inclement weather, the Sidney Campus will be closed Monday, January 22 and the Alliance Campus will have a 2 hour late start with classes starting at 10 a.m. 


TRIO Programs


TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students in their pursuit of a college degree.  TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal advising, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention.

Where Did TRIO Originate?

The TRIO programs were the first national college access and retention programs to address the serious social and cultural barriers to education in America.  TRIO began as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty.  The Educational Opportunity Act of 1964 established an educational program which later became known as “TRIO” - federally-funded programs which encourage access to higher education.

Who Is Served?

More than 2,850 TRIO projects currently serve more than 800,000 Americans.

How It Works?

Over than 1,000 colleges, universities, community colleges, and agencies offer TRIO Programs in the United States.  

Why Are TRIO Programs Important?

In order to foster and maintain a healthy economy as well as compete globally, the United States needs a strong, highly-educated, and competent workforce. To be on par with other nations, the country needs students, no matter their background, who are academically prepared and motivated to achieve success. 


TRIO Student Support Services helps qualified college students persist towards college graduation. YES/SSS  

Under YES/SSS the Single Parent in Network assists single Parents through a network of support. SPiN

TRIO Upward Bound helps qualified high school students improve their academic achievement in high school and prepare for higher education. Upward Bound

TRIO Veterans Upward Bound provides education assistance to qualified veterans to improve their educational skills before they attend college. Veterans Upward Bound

Learn more about TRIO on the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO website.