TRIO Student Support Services

To provide supportive services to disadvantaged college students to enhance their potential for successfully completing the postsecondary education programs 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.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Minnesota State Colleges And Universities $ 6,015,840   2016-09-012020-08-31
Gadsden State Community College $ 4,402,794   2015-09-012020-08-31
Michigan State University $ 3,519,868   2015-09-012020-08-31
Troy University $ 3,457,169   2015-09-012020-08-31
University Of Louisiana At Lafayette $ 3,295,082   2015-09-012020-08-31
University Of Missouri System $ 3,241,933   2015-09-012020-08-31
Wallace Community College $ 3,222,474   2015-09-012020-08-31
El Paso County Community College District $ 3,172,350   2015-09-012020-08-31
Wallace, Lurleen B Community College $ 3,125,695   2015-09-012020-08-31
Bowling Green State University $ 3,028,690   2015-09-012020-08-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

All projects must provide academic tutoring, advice on postsecondary course selection, financial aid counseling, services to improve financial and economic literacy, assistance in applying for graduate and professional programs, and activities to help students in 2-year institutions enroll in 4-year programs.

Projects may also provide personal and career counseling; exposure to cultural events; mentoring; services to secure temporary housing during academic breaks for students who are homeless; activities for students with disabilities or limited English proficiency, homeless students, and students in foster care; and grant aid (not to exceed 20 percent of a project's funds).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of higher education and combinations of institutions of higher education may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Low-income, first generation college students or disabled students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment at the institution that 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.


2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

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.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 Student Service division at the Office of Postsecondary Education. This program is subject to the provisions of EDGAR.

Award Procedures

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.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, Chapter 1, Section 402D.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 to 180 days.


Yes. The program statute authorizes a second review of unsuccessful applications. The Department implements the second review process in accordance with the process specified in 34 CFR 646.24. An unsuccessful applicant requesting a second review must provide evidence that the Department, an agent of the Department, or a peer reviewer made a technical, administrative, or scoring error in the processing or review of its application.


The grant period is 5 years. Continuation awards are approved on an annual basis; subject to the availability of funds and evidence that the grantee is meeting the conditions of the grant and making substantial progress towards meeting the project objectives.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Any grantee that uses funds for student grant aid must match the funds, in cash, from non-Federal funds, in an amount that is not less than 33 percent of the total amount of student grant aid funds, unless the grantee is eligible for a waiver to the match. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Five year projects, with annual continuation awards. Continuation awards are subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory progress by the grantee. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Contact the program office.

Post Assistance Requirements


Performance reports are required on an annual basis.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports are required for a project in its first year of funding.

Staff monitor grant drawdown using agency financial reports.

Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of the required annual performance report.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $328,291,000; FY 17 est $284,514,000; and FY 18 est $298,329,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Awards in 2016 ranged from $107,624, to $1,428,869; the average award was $305,956.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations, 34 CFR 646 and Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Lavelle Wright Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Federal TRIO Programs, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 502-7674

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 and 646.22. Contact the program office for additional information.

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