TRIO Programs

The goal of federal TRIO programs is to assist low-income and first generation youth and adults to enroll in and complete a post-secondary program.

  • These educational opportunity outreach programs are designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • TRIO includes five outreach and support programs designed to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college and disabled students to help them progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

Educational Opportunity Center

MN Education Opportunity Center (EOC) is a free educational outreach program that helps eligible adults in Minnesota metro area pursue a college education and/or training. EOC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Title IV, TRIO programs.

Through EOC you can:

  • Examine career options
  • Choose a college or training program
  • Apply for admission and financial aid
  • Get referrals to ESL/GED/ABE
  • Get referrals to Social Services
  • Search for scholarships
  • Resolve student loan defaults (for potential students only)
  • Attend workshops on such topics as: College Survival, School Shopping, Jobs of the Future, Financial Aid, etc.

Learn more about the Educational Opportunity Center.

Starting Point

The Starting Point program offers services that help students stay in college until they graduate and/or transfer.
To qualify for Starting Point students must have an academic need and be:

  • Low-income (with proof of income status) or
  • First generation (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree) or
  • Disabled (with proof of documented disability)

Learn more about Starting Point