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The Upward Bound (regular) grant application for FY 2017 is available as of October 17, 2016. Application deadline: November 28, 2016. Refer to the Federal Register Notice.
In preparation for the FY 2017 Upward Bound and UB Math-Science Programs’ grant competitions, the Student Service area will conduct on-site and webinar pre-application workshops in October and November 2016.

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TRIO Programs

Organization and Staff

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs 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 postbaccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects.

The recipients of the grants, depending on the specific program, are institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth and secondary schools. Combinations of such institutions, agencies, and organizations may also apply for grants. These entities plan, develop and carry out the services for students. While individual students are served by these entities, they may not apply for grants under these programs. Additionally, in order to be served by one of these programs, a student must be eligible to receive services and be accepted into a funded project that serves the institution or school that student is attending or the area in which the student lives.


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Reference Documents

TRIO History

Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance

Higher Education Opportunity Act (P.L. 110-315)

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Low-Income Levels

TRIO Program Reports

Program Evaluations

Student Support Services:

National Evaluation of Student Support Services: Examination of Student Outcomes After Six Years (2010)

Upward Bound:

The Impacts of Regular Upward Bound on Postsecondary Outcomes 7-9 Years After Scheduled High School Graduation: Final Report (2009).

The Impact of Regular Upward Bound: Results from the Third Follow-up Data Collection (2004)

Upward Bound Math-Science:

Upward Bound Math-Science Program Description and Interim Impact Estimates (2006)


The Educational and Employment Outcomes of The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program Alumni (2008)

Talent Search:

A Study of the Effect of Talent Search on Secondary and Postsecondary Outcomes in Florida, Indiana, and Texas (2006)

Implementation of the Talent Search Program, Past and Present - Final Report from Phase I of the National Evaluation (2004)

Other Resources


Questions or Comments? OPE_TRIO@ed.gov
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