TRIO_Educational Opportunity Centers


To provide information on financial and academic assistance available for qualified adults desiring to pursue a program of postsecondary education and to assist them in applying for admission to institutions of postsecondary education.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Postsecondary Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, Chapter 1, Section 402F.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Institutions of Higher Education, public and private agencies and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth, combinations of such institutions, agencies and organizations, and as appropriate to the purposes of the program; secondary schools.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Persons residing in the target area who need one or more of the services provided by the project in order to pursue a program of postsecondary education and who desire to pursue or who are pursuing a program of postsecondary education. Two-thirds of the participants must be low-income individuals who are also potential first-generation college students. Project participants must be at least nineteen years old (exceptions allowed). Required low-income criteria for participants are stated in application materials.
Costs will be determined in accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). OMB Circular A-21 applies. OMB Circular A-122 applies. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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 Procedure
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 Federal TRIO Programs, College and University Preparation and Support Team. This program is subject to the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).
Award Procedure
Selected non-Federal field readers evaluate new proposals based on the selection criteria established in program regulations 34 CFR 644.21 and 34 CFR 644.22. Grantees will be selected on the basis of satisfactory proposals and availability of funds. Grants are awarded through Federal TRIO Programs office.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 180 days.
The program statute requires a second review of unsuccessful applications. The Department implements the second review process in accordance with the process specified in 34 CFR 644.24. 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.
Awards are for five 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.
How are proposals selected?
For new awards the Selection Criteria in 34 CFR 644.21 and 644.22 are considered. Contact the program office for additional information.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are awarded to institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations, and combinations of such entities for the establishment and operation of centers to collect and disseminate information concerning financial aid and academic programs available to participants seeking to pursue postsecondary education and to assist participants in preparing admission and financial aid applications. Centers may also provide, to secondary school dropouts, guidance on secondary school reentry or entry to an alternative education program. Centers may also provide tutoring, mentoring, and counseling services. A grantee may not use the center as a part of its recruitment program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Grantees must submit an annual performance report. No cash reports are required. Progress reports are required for a project in its first year of funding. Expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
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 the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR 74.26, 75.702, 75.910, and 74.61.
In accordance with Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 75.730, 75.731, and 75.732.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. The statute establishes a minimum grant amount.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Five-year projects, annual awards. Continuation awards are subject to the availability of funds and evidence that the grantee is making satisfactory progress. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Rachel Couch, Student Service Division, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 1990 K St., NW, 7th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20006-8510 Email: Phone: (202) 502-7655.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $446,880,000; FY 15 est $46,925,000; and FY 16 est $46,904,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies by competition. In 2013, awards ranged from $214,127 to $1,172,518; the average award was approximately $372,036.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
EDGAR and regulation 34 CFR 644. New regulations are under development. Contact the program office for additional details.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.


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