What is Upward Bound & TRiO ?

History of TRIO

The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration’s War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960’s, the term “TRIO” was coined to describe these federal programs.

Over the years, the TRIO Programs have been expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and to reach more students who need assistance. The Higher Education Amendments of 1972 added the fourth program to the TRIO group by authorizing the Educational Opportunity Centers. The 1976 Education Amendments authorized the Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs, initially known as the Training Program for Special Programs Staff and Leadership Personnel. Amendments in 1986 added the sixth program, the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

Additionally, in 1990, the Department created the Upward Bound Math/Science program to address the need for specific instruction in the fields of math and science. The Upward Bound Math/Science program is administered under the same regulations as the regular Upward Bound program, but it must be applied for separately. The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 authorized the TRIO Dissemination Partnership program to encourage the replication of successful practices of TRIO programs. Finally, the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2001 amended the Student Support Services (SSS) program to permit the use of program funds for direct financial assistance (Grant Aid) for current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants. The legislative requirements for all Federal TRIO Programs can be found in the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2.

The University of New Orleans has several TRiO programs for middle and high school students , and support services for eligible students who attend UNO.

Brenda Brown Director: Project PASS, Project REACH, Jefferson Upward Bound, ACCESS Educational Talent Search

Project PASS Upward Bound -grades 9-12-  Orleans Parish  students – (Currently serving Eleanor McMain, McDonogh #35, Cohen College Prep High School and eligible students in target area of Orleans Parish)

REACH-Upward Bound-grades 9-12- (currently serving Grace King and Bonnabel High and eligible students in the target area of Jefferson Parish)

Jefferson Upward Bound -grades 9-12-  Jefferson Parish students – (currently serving East Jefferson High School and Riverdale and eligible students in target area of Jefferson Parish)



ACCESS – Orleans parish students, grades 6-12, with IEPs or 504 plans – (students come from a variety of schools)



Lynette Bates, Director  CLASSIC UPWARD BOUND (currently serving Lake Area High School and eligible students in the target area of Orleans Parish


UNO Student Support Services –for qualified students enrolled at UNO -year round support beginning before the first day of orientation. SSS provides advising services, tutoring and classes to help students navigate and master the college experience.



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