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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 it's vocational, technical, community college, or university level education.


Mission Statement

To build a legacy of learners and leaders through a commitment to educational equity.

CEOP programs provide support for academic, financial, social, and career goals to students and families by partnering with Kansas school districts and communities in Douglas, Franklin, Leavenworth, Shawnee, Wyandotte counties, and serves communities throughout Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa. Additionally, CEOP provides evaluation support to programs in Kansas and Tennessee.

The five bold steps to highlight the way CEOP works to support our mission:

  1. Pursue funding opportunities from state, federal, and private sector entities to support, enhance, and expand services to participants and to the growth of the Center.
  2. Advocate and improve visibility of programs by leveraging data through strategic dissemination.
  3. Share or expertise through trainings, symposia, and conference presentations.
  4. Develop and maintain partnerships to provide accessible, holistic, innovative programs.
  5. Model our expertise in social justice work.

Visit the CEOP website or one of these program sites to learn more about the TRIO programs administered by the University of Kansas.

A different life is possible.
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To date, we’ve provided educational services and support to more than 21,000 individuals. We can help you too.


Douglas, Shawnee, and Wyandotte County Main Office

Gateway tower II, #235 
400 State Avenue 
Kansas City, KS 66101 

Franklin and Leavenworth County Main Office

110 S 5th Street
Leavenworth, KS 66048

Douglas and Shawnee County Outreach Office

1122 W Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045

Franklin County Outreach Office

1320 S. Ash
Ottawa, KS 66067
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