TRIO Staff Training Program

To provide training for staff and leadership personnel employed in, or preparing for employment in, projects funded under the Federal TRIO Programs (program numbers 84.042, 84.044, 84.047, 84.066, and 84.217.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Training has been offered in the following areas: (1) Student financial aid; (2) general project management for new directors; (3) legislative and regulatory requirements for the operation of Federal TRIO programs; (4) design and operation of model programs for projects funded under the Federal TRIO programs; (5) retention and graduation strategies; (6) counseling; (7) reporting student and project performance; and (8) coordinating project activities with other available resources and activities.

Agency - Department of 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.

Program Accomplishments

The program anticpates supporting 9 to 13 awards in 2008.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are awarded to eligible grantees to provide training for project directors and staff of funded Federal TRIO Programs projects.

The grants may provide support for conferences, seminars, internships, workshops, and the publication of manuals designed to improve the operation of Federal TRIO Programs projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of higher education, public and nonprofit private agencies and organizations may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Leadership personnel, full-time and part- time staff members of projects under the Federal TRIO Programs, and individuals preparing for employment as staff or leadership personnel in projects under the Federal TRIO Special Programs will benefit.


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

Preapplication Coordination

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.


Application Procedures

Develop a proposal in accordance with program regulations, applications, and timetables issued by the Department of Education. No State plan is required. Requests for program applications should be made to the Federal TR10 Program, College and University Support Team. This program is subject to the provisions of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).

Award Procedures

Selected nonfederal field readers evaluate new proposals on the basis of the selection criteria specified in 34 CFR 642.31 and 34 CFR 642.32.


Deadlines are published in the Federal Register.


Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, Chapter 1, Section 402G, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1070a-18.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 180 days.




Continuation awards of one year is approved on an annual basis, subject to the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

One or two year-projects, annual awards.

Post Assistance Requirements


Performance reports are submitted on an annual basis.


In accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR and 34 CFR 75.702, 74.61.)


In accordance with 34 CFR 75.730, 75.731, and 75.732.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $3,331,000; FY 08 est $4,250,000; and FY 09 est $4,250,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The estimated average FY 2008 award is $425,000. The estimated range of awards is $350,000 to $450,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

EDGAR and regulations 34 CFR 642.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Federal Trio Programs, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202. Contact: Jane Wrenn; E-mail: Telephone: (202) 502-7614.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The Department will select applicants to be funded for new awards under this part on the basis of criteria set forth in 34 CFR 642.31. Final program regulations were published in CFR Chapter VI(7-1-95).

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