The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals with varying needs. TRIO includes many different programs targeted to serve and assist students to access and complete college. Students in TRIO programs can progress through the academic pipeline starting in middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. TRIO students includes those that are first in their families to go to college, have a limited income, or have a disability. Below are the current programs at Grand Valley State University.

Pre-College Programs

Assisting middle school students, high school students, or returning adults in preparing for college entrance. These programs support in the exploration, admissions, and acceptance to, the college or university of their choice. Please click on the links to the right for more information.

Educational Talent Search

TRIO Educational Talent Search (formerly Educational Connections) is a program that assists low-income and first generation students to persist to the next grade level, graduate from high school, and enroll in the college of their choice after high school graduation. It also assists students who are returning to college who have not completed a bachelor's degree, as well as high school and middle school dropouts, to resume their education

Upward Bound

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their high school performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits

Veterans Upward Bound


College Programs

College TRIO programs help students to successfully persist in college and obtain a degree. Programs include support for students pursuing undergraduate and/or graduate degrees. Be sure to click on the links to the right for more information about college TRIO programs at GVSU.   

Student Support Services Classic

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a program for first-generation and limited income college students. The goal of the program is to offer every possible form of support for participants in their quest to graduate from Grand Valley State University. Through the program, participants are assigned an advisor and have access to peer mentors who can help them achieve success while in college.

McNair Scholars

The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare highly talented undergraduates to pursue doctoral degrees and to increase the number of individuals (from target groups) on college and university faculties

For more on TRIO check out:

Government Website

Teacher Prep. S.S.S.

TRIO Teacher Preparation Student Support Services is a federally funded program designed to promote learning, personal development, and retention.  TPSSS provides support to Grand Valley State University undergraduate students who are: first generation, meet federal income guidelines and are pursing a K-12 teaching degree.

S.T.E.M. S.S.S.