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“Helping Students Obtain Their Goals!”

Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunities for all Americans regardless of race, ethic background or economic circumstance.

In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college and graduate. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO programs (initially just three programs).

While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO Programs help students overcome class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education.

Who Is Served?

As mandated be Congress, two-thirds of the students served must come from families with incomes under $24,000 (family of four), where neither parent graduated from college. More than 1,750 TRIO programs currently serve nearly 700,000 low-income Americans.

TRIO Programs at a Glance

Upward Bound helps young people and adults prepare for higher education. Participants receive instruction in literature, composition, foreign languages, mathematics and science on college campuses after school, on Saturdays and during the summer. Nearly 600 programs are in operation throughout the United States.

Classic Upward Bound
OBU Box 3766
Arkadelphia, AR 71998-0001
Phone: 870-245-5158
Fax: 870-245-5165
Office located in the Lile Hall
Room 140

Talent Search programs serve young people in grades six through 12. In addition to counseling, participants receive information about college admissions requirements, scholarships and various student financial aid programs. This early intervention program helps young people to better understand their educational opportunities and options. More than 310,000 Americans are enrolled in 312 Talent Search TRIO programs.

Talent Search
OBU Box 3766
Arkadelphia, AR 71998-0001
Phone: 870-245-5158
Fax: 870-245-5165
Office located in the Lile Hall
Room 140