The three original TRIO educational assistance programs were created as part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. They included Upward Bound, Talent Search and Student Support Services. By the late 1960's, the term "TRIO" was coined to describe these three federal programs.
Today, TRIO Programs continue to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO now includes eight programs targeted to serve low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities. These programs assist participants in passing through the academic pipeline, from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.
TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) is 100% federally funded under the U.S. Department of Education. Our program is administered by the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs (CEOP) at the University of Kansas, where the EOC provides assistance with college or other postsecondary admissions to low-income and potential first-generation college students.
High school seniors, first time college enrollees and adults returning to an educational program after a break are encouraged to apply. We are here to help you complete the post-secondary educational program of your choice whether itâ€™s vocational, technical, community college, or university.
The Center for Educational Opportunity Programs (CEOP) supports a wide spectrum of learners by providing educational information, counseling, academic instruction, tutoring, and assistance in applying for financial aid. CEOP also provides supportive encouragement to both students and their families. Whereas student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, CEOP projects help students overcome academic, economic, social, and cultural barriers to higher education. Our programs serve students at the University of Kansas and youth, adults, and veterans in the Lawrence, Topeka, and Kansas City areas.
Visit the CEOP website or one of these program sites to learn more about the TRIO programs administered by the University of Kansas.