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About TRIO

In 1965, the U.S. Congress established a series of programs to aid potential first-generation, low-income Americans in entering and graduating postsecondary education under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education by providing a myriad of services, from middle school through   post-graduate. Chicago State University is one of over 1,000 higher education institutions and agencies offering federal TRIO programs, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Currently, CSU offers two TRIO programs, Upward Bound and Educational Opportunity Center. Both UB and EOC are dedicated to providing access to postsecondary education opportunities for high school students and adults.


Upward Bound

Upward Bound 

PROJECT F.A.M.E. provides supplemental academic education, ACT prep, leadership preparation, and college readiness for high school students.



Educational Opportunity Center

PROJECT SUCCESS EOC provides information and assistance on college admissions and financial aid to qualified adults who want to enroll in a GED program or post-secondary program of their choice.

TRIO Programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education