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TRIO Program

TRIO Program

TRIO Programs for Low-Income and Disabled Americans

The TRIO program at Oakland City University provides educational opportunity for low-income and disabled Americans.


The U.S. is committed to providing educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance.

The U.S. congress has created programs to help low-income Americans enter and graduate from college and participate more fully in America's economic and social life.

These programs are called TRIO programs. They are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. There are more than 2,700 TRIO programs.

TRIO programs are different from student financial aid programs. Student financial aid programs help students overcome financial obstacles. TRIO programs help students overcome barriers of class, society, and culture.

Who is Served

Two out of every three students served by the TRIO program come from families with incomes under $24,000, in which neither parent graduated from college.

The TRIO program serves:

  • Nearly 873,000 low-income Americans
  • 16,000 students with disabilities
  • More than 25,000 U.S. veterans
  • Many students in grades 6 through 12
  • 37% Whites, 35% African-Americans, 19% Hispanics, 4% Native Americans, 4% Asian-Americans, 1% Other (including multi-racial students)

More race and ethnicity information is available. 

Participating Institutions

More than 1,200 colleges, universities, community colleges, and agencies in America offer TRIO programs. Those institutions compete for government grants for TRIO programs.

Positive Results

  • TRIO has helped a significant number of Black and Hispanic students enter college. Almost 20% of Black and Hispanic students entering college in 1981 did so through the TRIO Talent Search or EOC programs.
  • Students in the TRIO Student Support Services program are more than twice as likely to stay in college as students from similar backgrounds who do not participate in the program.
  • Students in the TRIO Upward Bound program are four times more likely to earn an undergraduate degree than students from similar backgrounds who do not participate in program.

Oakland City University Career and College Directions is a federally funded TRIO talent search program that…

  • Identifies and assists qualifying individuals who have the potential to succeed in higher education
  • Provides academic and career counseling
  • Encourages participants to graduate from high school and enter a postsecondary school of their choice
  • Serves high-school dropouts by encouraging them to reenter the educational system and complete their education

Schools Served

Oakland City University is funded to serve these Indiana and Kentucky schools, listed by county.

County School
Crawford County, Indiana

Crawford County Junior High

Crawford County Senior High

Daviess County, Indiana

Washington Catholic Middle School

Washington Catholic High School

Washington Junior High

Washington Senior High

Owensboro High School

Gibson County, Indiana

Princeton Community Middle School

Princeton Community High School

Wood Memorial High School

Martin County, Indiana

Shoals Junior High School

Shoals High School

Perry County, Indiana

Cannelton High School

Perry Central Junior High

Perry Central High School

Tell City Junior High School

Tell City High School

Pike County, Indiana

Pike Central Middle School

Pike Central High School

Spencer County, Indiana

South Spencer Middle School

South Spencer High School

Vanderburgh County, Indiana

Bosse High School

Glenwood Middle School

Helfrich Park Middle School

Perry Heights Middle School

Reitz High School

School of Academic and Career Development

Washington Middle School