Eligibility for TRiO services includes the following:
- be a U.S. citizen or a legal resident
- be enrolled in a program of study
- have a need for program services
- meet one of the following criteria:
1. meet federal low income guidelines, OR
2. neither parent has a 4-year (Bachelor's) degree, OR
3. have a documented disability
- First Generation
Disabilities protected by law include certain physical, psychological, mental, neurological, and learning disabilities. The law also protects certain cosmetic disfigurements and serious contagious and non-contagious diseases including, but not limited to, AIDS, AIDS-related complex, epilepsy, and tuberculosis.
- Low Income
The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.
The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register,Vol. 78, No. 16, January 24, 2013, pp. 5182-5183.