Program Mission and Eligibility

Mission of TRiO at KCC

The mission of TRiO is the provision of services within a supportive academic community which addresses the  
educational and vocational needs of each student to promote retention and transfers to four year colleges. 
We facilitate academic success and the development of transferable skills so that students can succeed in all
future academic and career endeavors.

TRiO at Kingsborough Community College serves 250 students each semester and addresses
academic challenges through individualized interventions including counseling, tutoring, study skills
workshops,  advisement, career selection, assistance with transfers to four year colleges, among
other initiatives. The goals of TRiO are to increase graduation rates and transfers to four year colleges
for eligible students.

TRiO is one of several (used to be three, hence TRiO) federally funded grant programs from the U.S. Department of Education. The TRiO programs were created under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to assist low-income  students attend college, graduate and transfer to institutions at the next level.

There are over 2,700 TRiO programs at more than 1,000 colleges and universities in the United States which serve close to one million students. TRiO students are part of a large study community throughout the United States.  Student retention among TRiO students is twice as high as students from similar backgrounds who do not participate in the program.  Most Kingsborough TRiO students continue their education at four year colleges.

Eligibility - Am I eligible for TRiO?

Are you a student who is highly motivated to graduate and transfer to a four year college?
Do you meet one or more of the following criteria?

  • First-generation college student? (Neither parent has a baccalaureate degree.)
  • Student who has a documented disability?
  • Student whose household income meets financial low income levels as determined by federal income guidelines?

If you answered yes to any question, and are a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien, TRiO might be for you.