TRIO Programs

The Federal TRIO Programs are outreach and student services grant programs administered by the United States Department of Education. TRIO programs are designed to identify, motivate, and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. Carl Sandburg College hosts two TRIO programs: Upward Bound and Student Support Services (SSS).

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a program that provides support and guidance to eligible students during their time at Sandburg. The goal of the program is to help participants graduate from Sandburg and transfer to a four-year college or university in pursuit of a bachelor's degree.


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TRIO Upward Bound

Upward Bound, a federal TRIO grant, was originally developed from the Educational Opportunity Act of 1964. Created as a result of the War on Poverty, Upward Bound was designed to increase the success of low-income students in post-secondary education. Carl Sandburg College received its first TRIO Upward Bound grant in the Fall of 1999.  Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, the Sandburg Upward Bound program entered its fourth grant cycle.
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