The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs. The history

of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity

Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second

outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services,

which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education

Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960's, the

term "TRIO" was coined to describe these federal programs. Over the years, the TRIO Programs have 

been expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and to reach more students who need

assistance. ​

*Clark Atlanta University TRIO programs are 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education*