Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational
opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background, or
economic circumstance. In support of this commitment, Congress
established a series of programs to help low-income Americans
enter college, graduate, and move on to participate more fully in
America's economic and social life. These Programs are funded under
Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the
TRIO Programs which began with just three programs. While student financial aid programs help students overcome
financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students
overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.
Federal TRIO Programs include Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans' Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, and Training Grants. These educational opportunity outreach programs are designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds and to provide relevant training to directors and staff. TRIO includes five outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.
ASPIRE, Inc. is a regional professional organization serving more than 500 staff members and 127 projects. ASPIRE supports its members with professional development, timely information relating to national issues. Its members advocate at the state and national levels on behalf of our programs and participants. The group's mission is to increase the educational and success opportunities for low-income and first-generation college students though advocacy, professional development, and legislative awareness.
Council for Opportunity in Education nonprofit organization was established in 1981. It's dedicated to furthering the expansion of
throughout the country. Through its numerous membership
services, the Council works with colleges, universities,
and agencies that host TRIO Programs to specifically help low-income
students enter college and graduate.
All applicants and the public at large will be informed through these recruitment materials that the CU Denver TRIO Student Support Services and TRIO Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, national origin, gender, or disability. These projects are 100% federally funded.