Project Success History

The TRIO program began, not with the Higher Education Act, but with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, the original War on Poverty Statute, which created Upward Bound. Talent Search was established by the Higher Education Act of 1965 and in 1968, the first re-authorization of the Higher Education Act created Special Services for Disadvantaged Students (Student Support Services). Although other programs were added beginning in the 1970's, the name "TRIO" remained.

The TRIO programs were established by the Federal Government to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. The programs are designed to help students overcome class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education. The educational and human services offered through TRIO programs are distinguishable from all other counseling programs in America.

TRIO programs assist students in the entry, retention and completion of post-secondary education; they provide information, counseling, academic instruction, tutoring, assistance in applying for financial aid, encouragement and support.

TRIO programs are very effective and many students from low-income families depend on these programs to succeed academically in high school and college. In fact, since 1965, an estimated 5 million students have graduated from college with the special assistance and support of TRIO programs. Students are now being served at approximately 938 colleges and universities, nationwide.

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