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TRIO Programs

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For low-income and first-generation college students, TRIO Programs provide the personal attention, planning and knowledge that help strengthen our national and state investments in financial aid. The University of South Carolina has sponsored TRIO Programs for more than 50 years.

The Federal TRIO Programs were created by the Higher Education Act of 1965 to help low-income Americans enter and graduate from college. At the University of South Carolina, a professional staff and Advisory Board oversee the four programs that support students in middle school, high school and college undergraduate students:


Our Mission

TRIO Programs exist to encourage and assist people who are traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education because of income or family educational background. We help them in the preparation for, entry to, and completion of post-secondary education.

Our Vision

TRIO staff envisions programs and services that aid students with the added challenge of overcoming class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. We hope to give all students the opportunity to achieve academic success.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.