What is TRIO?

Currently, Broward College hosts three of the eight TRIO Programs (TRIO). TRIO are historic federally funded outreach and student services programs designed to identify and help income eligible individuals, first-generation college students, individuals with disabilities and veterans progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to graduate degree programs.

TRIO is not an acronym, but refers to the original three TRIO programs! The first three TRIO programs were Upward Bound (1964), Talent Search (1965), and Student Support Services (1968). Since then, TRIO has grown to eight programs. 

All TRIO programs include:

  • Upward Bound
  • Upward Bound Math-Science
  • Veterans Upward Bound
  • Talent Search
  • Student Support Services
  • Educational Opportunity Centers
  • Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement Program
  • Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs Staff

TRIO Programs at Broward College

Broward College is the recipient of a U.S. Department of Education TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) grant. The EOC serves Broward County adults, ages 19 and up, who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. The goal of the program is to increase the number of Broward County adults who continue into post-secondary (college) programs.


  1. Provide services and promote postsecondary education to 1,000 participants per year in Broward County with priority given to target populations within target areas
  2. Assist participants with attaining a secondary diploma or equivalent
  3. Assist with the completion of admission applications and enrolling in postsecondary education institutions
  4. Assist with the completion of financial aid applications
  5. Refer participants to resources to prepare for college entrance or tutoring services
  6. Refer participants to partnership programs that can assist with the removal of life barriers that may compete with the desire to continue onto college

For more information on services, eligibility, and how to become a participant, please visit the Educational Opportunity Center page.

The Broward Educational Opportunity Center is 100% funded by the US Department of Education. The grant award for 2022-2023 is $273,000. Services are free.

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federal grant program that promotes academic and personal success for first-generation, under-resourced Broward College students. SSS provides tutoring, advising, grant aid, and a variety of other services to increase postsecondary retention and completion.

Student Support Services (SSS)

The TRIO Talent Search ASPIRE/REACH at Broward College is a free pre-college program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education designed to identify qualified youth in the 6th - 12th grades at target schools in the Broward County School District with the potential to enroll in postsecondary school after high school. The program is designed to help students navigate their educational pathway and plan for postsecondary success.

Talent Search ASPIRE/REACH

Broward College is the recipient of three U.S. Department of Education TRIO Upward Bound (UB) grants that serve high school students at Deerfield Beach High School, McArthur High School, and South Broward High School. The program is designed to assist up to 60 students at each school who want to pursue studies after high school.


  1. Identify 60 participants per year for 5 years at Deerfield Beach, McArthur, and South Broward High schools
  2. Improve academic performance
  3. Improve performance on standardized tests
  4. Increase secondary school retention & graduation
  5. Increase the rigor of secondary school program of study
  6. Increase postsecondary enrollment
  7. Increase postsecondary completion

For more information on services, eligibility, and how to contact the program, please visit the Upward Bound page.

The Broward College Upward Bound programs are 100% funded by the US Department of Education. The grant awards for 2020-2021 are $297,601 for each grant.