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The Federal TRiO Programs (TRiO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from under-represented populations. DePaul has two TRiO programs: Student Support Services and the McNair Scholars program.
TRiO programs have their origins in the federal "War on Poverty" initiatives of the 1960s and 1970s. Their overall goal is to expand educational opportunity by providing a pathway from sixth grade to college graduation for students from low-income and first-generation college families. However, not all colleges and universities offer TRiO programs, which are awarded through a highly competitive grant process administered by the U.S. Department of Education.
TRiO’s mission is to help motivated students earn a college degree. TRiO employs early intervention and communication with students and outreach to faculty and staff to provide needed academic supports.
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