The TRiO Programs are federally funded programs dedicated to helping first-generation, low-income students succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as theTRiOprograms (initially just three programs). While student financial aid programs help overcome financial barriers to higher education,TRiOprograms help overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to higher education. Montana State University–Northern has threeTRiOprograms:

Educational Opportunity Centers Program (EOC)Top

Aim for the StarsAim for the stars.
You might not reach them,
But you will fly higher than
If you never aimed at all.

The Educational Opportunity Centers program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. The program also provides services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants. An important objective of the program is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, and to assist in the application process. The goal of the EOC program is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions.

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Student Support Services Program (SSS)Top


Funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of the postsecondary education. Student Support Services (SSS) projects also may provide grant aid (when available) to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants(#84.063). The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants.

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Veterans Upward Bound Program (VUB)Top

Veterans Upward Bound - Montana

Veterans Upward Bound is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of postsecondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs.

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