TRiO Programs at Iowa State Iowa State University

Welcome to TRiO at Iowa State University

The TRiO programs at Iowa State University include four outreach and support programs targeted to help disadvantaged students progress from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

Educational Opportunity for Low-Income and First-Generation Americans

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.

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.

TRiO Programs at Iowa State University

Programs offered at Iowa State include Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement.

  • Educational Talent Search
    The Educational Talent Search program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to the post-secondary school of their choice.
  • Upward Bound
    Upward Bound provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits.
  • Student Support Services
    The Student Support Services (SSS) program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their post-secondary education.
  • Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement
    The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement program prepares participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.