Projects operated by institutions of higher education and public and private agencies and organizations to provide low-income, potential first generation college students with information on existing forms of financial aid.
Encourage qualified students to return to or continue in and graduate from secondary school and enroll in programs of postsecondary education.
The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.
The program supported 471 projects serving approximately 364,000 students in 2008.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds are awarded to institutions and agencies to identify 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 may also provide tutorial services for youths being encouraged to undertake or reenter programs of postsecondary education.
A grantee may not use the project as a part of its recruitment program.
Institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations, a combination of the above and, in exceptional cases, secondary schools may apply.
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.
Costs will be determined in accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations EDGAR). This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.
12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No.
Develop a proposal in accordance with regulations, applications, and timetables issued by the Secretary of Education; no State plan is required. Requests for program applications should be made to the Federal TRIO Programs. This program is subject to the provisions of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).
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. Grantees will be selected on the basis of satisfactory proposals and availability of funds.
Deadlines are published in the Federal Register.
Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, Sections 402B, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1070a-12.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
About 90 to 180 days.
Continuation awards are approved for up to 5 years on an annual basis, subject to the availability of funds.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Four or 5-year projects, annual awards. Continuations are subject to the availability of funds.
Post Assistance Requirements
Performance reports are required on an annual basis.
In accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR (75.702, 74.61.)
In accordance with 34 CFR 75.730, 75.731, and 75.732.
(Grants) FY 07 $142,884,182; FY 08 est $142,900,000; and FY 09 est $142,884,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The average 2008 award is expected to be approximately $303,000. The minimum grant award is $220,000.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
EDGAR and 34 CFR 643.
Regional or Local Office
Federal TRIO Programs, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202- 5249. Contact: Loretta Brown, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Telephone: (202) 502-7539.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
For new awards, applicants will be selected on the basis of the criteria set forth in 34 CFR 643.21.
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