The TRiO Programs Department consists of three federally-funded grant programs. TRiO is an educational opportunity for low-income, first generation, and disabled students. TRiO was established with the passage of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The goal of TRiO is to assist students to overcome financial, class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. Once in college, TRiO assists students so that they can earn a college degree.