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:
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.
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.