U.S. Department of Education TRIO History

TRIO programs are specifically designed to assist modest-income, first-generation college students, and/or students with disabilities to successfully complete a postsecondary degree.

History of TRIO Programs

The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, authorized by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as a part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960s, the term TRIO was coined to describe these federal programs.

Over the years, TRIO Programs have expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and to reach more students who need assistance. There are now eight TRIO Programs:  Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement, Talent Search, Upward Bound Math-Science, Upward Bound, and Veterans Upward Bound.

U.S. Department of Education Student Support Services Mission

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRIO Program, with the purpose of increasing the college retention and graduation rates of its participants. We also propose to foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of our participants. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education, Student Support Services.

Wil Haygood

Wil Haygood

Upward Bound
Ohio Dominican College
Boston Globe, Feature Writer