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The Federal TRIO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students through the academic pipeline from middle school to graduate school. Established in 1965, TRIO Programs continue to ensure student access and retention by addressing the social, economic and cultural barriers to education in America. These programs provide direct support services for students who are primarily first-generation and income-eligible, leading them to enroll in college, achieve a bachelor’s degree, and complete post-baccalaureate studies. Today, more than 800,000 students are served by over 3,100 TRIO programs nationally.

TRIO’s pipeline programs are designed to:

  • Provide early intervention to young people in grades six through 12 (Talent Search)
  • Prepare pre-college students to enroll in higher education (Upward Bound)
  • Guide displaced individuals in preparing for college (Educational Opportunity Center)
  • Support students to excel and persist through college graduation (Student Support Services)
  • Train undergraduates for enrollment in graduate school through the completion of doctoral studies (Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement)

The educational and human services offered through TRIO are distinguishable because they are:

  • One-on-one and focused on early intervention
  • Performance and community based
  • Built on relationships in a supportive environment
  • Reality-based and committed to tough cases
  • Consistent, intense, comprehensive and cultural

Rider presently has two TRIO programs on campus:


Student Support Services Program

Empowers students to succeed towards college completion and obtain career readiness!


Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program

Motivates students to pursue post-baccalaureate studies while fostering their preparation for graduate school enrollment!


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