|Promoting Educational Opportunity in New England|
What is TRIO?
Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.
In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help lowincome 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 (initially just three programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.
Who is Served
Council for Opportunity in Education, or the Council (formerly
The Council's principal concern is sustaining and improving educational opportunity program services. The majority of educational opportunity programs are the federally funded TRIO programs, which currently operate in over 1,200 postsecondary institutions and more than 100 community agencies.
Visit the Council's web site for more information about its legislative agenda and TRIO programs nationwide. Also visit The United States Department of Education which provides funding for TRIO programs.
Milestones of TRIO History