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.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, Chapter 1, Section 402D
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. 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.
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.
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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.
How are proposals selected?
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.
How may assistance be used?
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).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of the required annual performance report.
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is voluntary. 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.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. Contact the program office.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW,
Washington, DC 20202 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$303,361,000.00; FY 19 est $336,224,000.00; FY 20 est $336,380,000.00; FY 17$303,355,000.00; FY 16$328,291,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards in 2017 ranged from $116,111 to $1,464,591; the average award was $290,030.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regulations, 34 CFR 646 and Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
No Current Data Available.