The University of South Carolina TRIO Programs
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.
Within student services, it is widely understood that financial aid alone is not enough to support the educational success of students from poor and working class families. Just as the benefits of a college education cannot be measured in financial terms alone, the price of achieving this goal extends well beyond mere dollars and cents. Educational opportunities for low-income and potential first-generation college students not only require financial commitments, but also personal involvement, attention to detail, careful planning, and appropriate knowledge.
For low-income and first-generation college students, TRIO Programs are the personal attention, planning, and knowledge that help strengthen our national and state investments in financial aid. They provide information, service, and guidance that help low-income and potential first-generation college students to manage their financial constraints, strengthen their academic skills, adjust to the environment and culture of the college campus, and set viable goals that lead to graduation and responsible participation in society.
The Federal TRIO Programs were created by the Higher Education Act of 1965 to help low-income Americans enter and graduate from college. Originally just three programs, TRIO has evolved into a network of seven programs and services that support students in middle school, high school, and college undergraduate programs. Adults can also receive assistance with meeting the requirements for college admission and completion. The University of South Carolina has sponsored TRIO Programs for the past 50 years through partnerships with area schools, community agencies, and various departments and offices on campus.
TRIO at U of South Carolina