What is TRIO?

KU Talent Search participants hold a sign thanking President Obama for supporting TRIO programs.

TRIO Programs provide educational opportunities for low-income and disabled Americans. These programs, which are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, help participants successfully enter, attend and graduate from college. The University of Kansas is one of more than 1,200 colleges, universities, community colleges and agencies that offer TRIO programs in the United States. All TRIO services are available to low-income, physically disabled, and first-generation college students.


Students enrolled in today's TRIO Programs mirror America’s diverse and multicultural society.

  • 37% white
  • 36% African American
  • 19% Hispanic
  • 4% Native American
  • 4% Asian American
  • 16,000 Students with disabilities
  • more than 25,000 students are U.S. veterans

"We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible."
— Barack Obama, President of the United States

“The College Access and Opportunity Act addresses the important need to make higher education more affordable and easier to access for low and middle-income students."
— Ron Lewis, Republican member of the House of Representatives 1994–2009

More information about TRIO Programs can be found at the U.S. Department of Education website.