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The Federal TRIO Program (TRIO) are federal outreach and student services program designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to the post-baccalaureate program. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects.

History of the Federal TRIO Program

The Federal TRIO Program began with Upward Bound, which emerged from the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, in response to the administration's War on Poverty. In 1965 Talent Search, the second outreach program was created as 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 this federal program.

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