TRIO is a set of federally funded programs in the United States designed to provide college access and support services to students from backgrounds historically excluded from higher education. The programs are designed to help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to higher education and are targeted to low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities. The programs provide a range of services including academic counseling, tutoring, mentoring, financial aid assistance, and cultural enrichment activities. The goal of the TRIO programs is to help students succeed in their pursuit of a college education and improve their economic and social mobility.  The TRIO Programs are Educational Opportunity Centers, Educational Talent Search, the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program), Student Support Services, Upward Bound,  Upward Bound Math/Science and Veterans Upward Bound.


Were a participant of any of these programs at UMBC or another institution? We’d love to hear about your experience.

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UMBC’s TRIO Programs

TRIO Educational Talent Search 

TRIO McNair Scholars Program

TRIO Upward Bound Program

TRIO Upward Bound-Math/Science Program