Trio-Student Support Services
OFFICE OF POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, Chapter 1, Section 402D, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1070a-14.
To provide supportive services to disadvantaged college students to enhance their potential for successfully completing the postsecondary education program in which they are enrolled and increase their transfer rates from 2-year to 4-year institutions. To foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of disadvantaged college students.
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds may be used to provide eligible project participants personal and academic counseling, career guidance, instruction, mentoring, and tutoring and to facilitate the entrance of project participants into 4-year programs of study or graduate and professional programs. Projects may provide exposure to cultural events and academic activities not usually available to disadvantaged students. Projects may also provide services that are specially designed for students of limited English proficiency. A grantee may use the project to provide services to students enrolled or accepted for enrollment during the next enrollment period at the institution. Funds may also be used for grant awards to students under certain conditions.
Institutions of higher education and combinations of institutions of higher education may apply.
Low-income, first generation college students or disabled students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment at the institution which is the recipient of the grant and who are in need of academic support in order to successfully pursue a program of postsecondary education. At least two-thirds of the project participants must be disabled or must be low-income individuals who are first generation college students. The remaining participants must be disabled, low-income individuals, or first generation college students. One-third of the disabled participants must be low-income. Required low-income criteria for participants are stated in application materials.
Costs will be determined in accordance with Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process
This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102.
Develop a proposal in accordance with regulations, applications, and timetables issued by the Secretary of Education; no State Plan is required. Requests for program applications should be made to the Office of Federal TRIO Programs, College and University Support Team. This program is subject to the provisions of EDGAR.
Selected nonfederal field readers evaluate new proposals on the basis of the selection criteria specified in 34 CFR 646.21 and 646.22. Grants are awarded through the Federal TRIO Programs office.
Deadlines are published in the Federal Register.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Approximately 90 to 180 days.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Four or five year projects, annual awards. Continuation awards are subject to the availability of funds.
Post Assistance Requirements
Performance reports are submitted on an annual basis.
In accordance with Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 75.702 and 74.61.
In accordance with Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 75.730, 75.731, and 75.732.
(Grants) FY 07 $271,566,777; FY 08 est. $281,000,000; and FY 09 est. $282,275,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The estimated average award in 2008 is $297,400. The minimum grant award is $220,000 per year.
The program supported 949 projects serving nearly 200,000 students in 2008.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regulations, 34 CFR 646 and Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).
Regional or Local Office
Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Federal TRIO Programs, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, DC 20202-5249. Contact: Deborah Walsh, Telephone: (202) 502-7694. E-mail: email@example.com.
Web Site Address
84.044, Trio-Talent Search
84.047, Trio-Upward Bound
84.066, Trio-Educational Opportunity Centers
84.103, Trio Staff Training Program
84.217, Trio-Mcnair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement
Examples of Funded Projects
Projects at colleges, universities, and community and junior colleges provide support (counseling, tutoring, instruction, and other special services) for low-income, first- generation college students and for disabled students. Some projects also provide supportive services especially designed for students of limited English proficiency.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Continuation awards are made on the basis of 34 CFR 75.253. For new awards, applicants will be selected under this part on the basis of the criteria set forth in 34 CFR 646.21. Contact the program office for additional information.