Avila University proudly supports two TRIO programs – Upward Bound and Student Support Services!
TRIO programs are federally-funded programs designed to provide educational access and assistance to income-eligible, first-generation and/or students with a disability. TRIO programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as TRIO programs because there were three original programs created. TRIO programs are required to serve a majority of students who meet an income guideline and are also first-generation college students (the first in their family to complete a four-year college degree).
There are over 1,000 colleges, universities and community agencies nationwide which host TRIO programs. All TRIO program hosts apply for funds through competitive grants with the Department of Education.
Avila University hosts two TRIO programs which serve income-eligible and first-generation college students. All services are offered at no cost to participants.
Students enrolled in current TRIO programs reflect the diversity of our nation. Approximately 37 percent of students are Caucasian, 36 percent African American, 19 percent Hispanic, 4 percent Native American and 4 percent Asian American. Additionally, about 16,000 disabled students and more than 25,000 U.S. veterans are currently enrolled in TRIO programs. More than 1,200 colleges, universities, community colleges and agencies now offer TRIO programs in America. See the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO website for more information.
The mission of TRIO programs at Avila University is to empower students to advance their achievement in higher education. TRIO strives to increase academic success, college access and graduation rates by using research-driven strategies to assist individuals in overcoming financial, academic, social and cultural barriers to higher education.