UND TRIO Programs
TRIO is a set of federally-funded programs that give students from disadvantaged backgrounds the motivation and support they need to graduate with a college degree.
These students often lack the support system and guidance necessary to be successful in college, TRIO Programs provide that structure. Through academic advice, personal support and financial guidance, TRIO students from 6th grade to college graduation have a better chance to succeed in their education.
Who Are TRIO Students?
TRIO students are:
- First-Generation (neither parent graduated from a four year college), and/or
- Moderate Income (by federal standards)
As mandated by Congress, two-thirds of the students served must come from families with incomes under $33,075, where neither parent graduated from college. Thirty-seven percent of TRIO students are Whites, 35% are African-Americans, 19% are Hispanics, 4% are Native Americans, 4% are Asian-Americans, and 1% are listed as "Other," including multiracial students. TRIO students range in age from 6th grade to college students depending on the program they are participating in, and include those looking to re-enter high school or college and college transfers.
UND TRIO Programs
UND has five distinct TRIO Programs that enable students to progress through middle school to doctoral studies.
- Student Support Services – Promoting academic success for college students
- Ronald E. McNair Program – Get ready for doctoral degree success
- Educational Opportunity Center – Provides assistance with college admissions and financial aid to adults
- Upward Bound – Prepares high school students at target schools for college enrollment and success
- Talent Search – Identifies and serves promising students grades 6th-12th at target schools
The Value of TRIO
There is a large gap in education between America's highest and lowest income students - despite similar talents and potential. While there are many talented and worthy low-income students, relatively few are represented in higher education, particularly at America's more selective 4-year colleges and universities. This growing education gap in our country lowers our potential for success as a nation.
National TRIO Programs by the Numbers
More than 1,000 colleges, universities, community colleges, and agencies offer TRIO Programs in America, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands. TRIO funds are distributed to institutions through competitive grants.