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This federal aid program is managed by:

Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education


To identify qualified disadvantaged youths with potential for postsecondary education; to encourage them in continuing in and graduating from secondary school and in enrolling in programs of postsecondary education; to publicize the availability of student financial aid; and to increase the number of secondary and postsecondary school dropouts who reenter an educational program.

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants) FY 09 $141,500,000; FY 10 est $142,000,000; FY 11 est $142,000,000

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Funds are awarded to educational institutions and agencies to identify qualified disadvantaged youths with potential for postsecondary education, encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake postsecondary educational training, and publicize existing forms of student aid. . Projects must provide connections to academic tutoring services, advice on and assistance in selecting secondary and college courses, assistance in preparing for college entrance exams and in completing college applications, information on student financial aid and assistance in completing financial aid applications, connections to services designed to improve financial and economic literacy, and guidance and assistance in re-entering and completing secondary school. Projects may also provide academic tutuoring personal and career counseling; information on career options, exposure to college campuses; and services specially designed for students with disabilities or limited English proficiency, homeless children and youth, and students in foster care. A grantee may not use the project as a part of its recruitment program.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Not Applicable.

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:


Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Varies by competition. In FY 08 the average award was approximately $306,000. The statutory minimum is $200,000, unless the applicant requests a smaller amount.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Five year projects, annual awards. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Applicant Eligibility:

Institutions of higher education (IHEs), public and private agencies and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth, combinations of such institutions, agencies and organizations, and as appropriate to the purposes of the program, secondary schools.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Individuals residing in the target area or attending a target school who have potential for education at the postsecondary level and who can benefit from one or more of the services provided by the project. Two-thirds must be low-income individuals who are also potential first generation college students. Project participants must be between 11 and 27 years old (exceptions allowed). 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 643.21 and 34 CFR 643.22. New regulations are being developed. Consult the program office for details. Grantees will be selected on the basis of satisfactory proposals and availability of funds.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Loretta Brown, Federal TRIO Programs, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20006-8510 Email: Phone: (202) 502-7539.

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