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This federal aid program is managed by:

Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education

Objectives:

To provide supportive services to disadvantaged college students to enhance their potential for successfully completing the postsecondary education program in which they are enrolled and increase their transfer rates from 2-year to 4-year institutions. To foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of disadvantaged college students.

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants) FY 09 $301,500,000; FY 10 est $301,000,000; FY 11 est $301,000,000

Uses and Use Restrictions:

All projects must provide academic tutoring, advice on postsecondary course selection, financial aid counseling, services to improve financial and economic literacy, assistance in applying for graduate and professional programs, and activities to help students in 2-year institutions enroll in 4-year programs. Projects may also provide personal and career counseling; exposure to cultural events; mentoring; services to secure temporary housing during academic breaks for students who are homeless; activities for students with disabilities or limited English proficiency, homeless students, and students in foster care; and grant aid (not to exceed 20 percent of a project's funds).

Examples of Funded Projects:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:

PROJECT GRANTS

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

The average 2008 award was $301,000.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Five year projects, with annual continutation awards. Continuation awards are subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory progress by the grantee. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Contact the program office.

Applicant Eligibility:

Institutions of higher education and combinations of institutions of higher education may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Low-income, first generation college students or disabled students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment at the institution that is the recipient of the grant and who are in need of academic support in order to successfully pursue a program of postsecondary education. At least two-thirds of the project participants must be disabled or must be low-income individuals who are first generation college students. The remaining participants must be disabled, low-income individuals, or first generation college students. One-third of the disabled participants must be low-income. Required low-income criteria for participants are stated in application materials.

Award Procedure:

Selected nonfederal field readers evaluate new proposals on the basis of the selection criteria specified in 34 CFR 646.21 and 646.22. Grants are awarded through the Federal TRIO Programs office.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Deborah Walsh, Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Federal TRIO Programs, 1990 K St, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20006-8510 Email: trio@ed.gov Phone: (202) 502-7694.

Website Address:

http://www.ed.gov/programs/triostudsupp/ .

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