TRIO Programs

Upward Bound is funded by the US Department of Education under the collection of TRIO programs. Funds are distributed to institutions through competitive grants. There are over 1,200 colleges and agencies that offer TRIO programs.

There are six TRIO programs:

Educational Talent Search

This program supports students in grades 6-12, to help young people think about their dreams and believe in their abilities to reach those goals. Younger students begin exploring educational opportunities, and students closer to graduation receive college prep services. Many students transition from ETS to Upward Bound once they reach 9th grade.

Upward Bound

This program supports high schoolers who want to go to college. We prioritize serving people from families with low incomes and/or where neither parent graduated from college.  Participants receive academic tutoring, cultural enrichment, personal and social skill-building, and advising support. We support you through high school.

Student Support Services

This program supports college students, who are often graduates of Upward Bound. This program prioritizes serving people from families with low incomes and/or where neither parent graduated from college.  Participants receive academic tutoring, disability advocacy, mentoring, and supplemental instruction.

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement

Named in honor of the astronaut who died in the 1986 space-shuttle explosion, this program supports college graduates who are considering becoming college professors or earning a doctorate degree. The program prioritizes serving people from families with low incomes, and minorities, to connect people to research opportunities and faculty mentoring.

Educational Opportunity Centers

There are 74 of these centers in the US, and serve displaced or under-employed workers. The program prioritizes serving people from families with low incomes, and can help people navigate college to advance in their chosen career.