TRIO-Student Support Services
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.
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Postsecondary Education
Types of Assistance
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).
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, Chapter 1, Section 402D.
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 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.
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
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.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 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.
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.
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 for up to five years 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.
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 OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. 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.
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available.
(Project Grants) FY 13 $281,706,000; FY 14 est $289,562,000; and FY 15 est $289,566,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards in 2013 ranged from $55,099 to $1,314,698; the average award was $267,516.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regulations, 34 CFR 646 and Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).
Regional or Local Office
Lavelle Wright Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Federal TRIO Programs, 1990 K St, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20006-8510 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (202) 502-7674
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
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.