TRIO Programs

First-Generation College Celebration

Thursday, Nov. 8 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | T.1400

This is the 53rd anniversary of the Higher Education Act.

Be sure and check out our First-Generation profiles!

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

  • These educational opportunity outreach programs are designed for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • TRIO at Minneapolis College includes the Educational Opportunity Center and Start Point, aimed for students with different needs.

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