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What is TRiO?

Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, and ethnic background or economic circumstance. In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRiO Programs (initially just 3 programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRiO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

Student of the Month - Bernadine Royer


My name is Bernadine Royer and I am a senior. I am from the Caribbean and moved to Portland with my family. I attended Columbia College of Business where I received diplomas in Data Entry-Word Processing in 1987 and Bookkeeping-Accounting in 1990. I worked full time position jobs and began taking classes at Portland Community College. I graduated from Portland Community College with an Associate of General Studies and transferred to Portland State University to continue my education. As a first generation student, I was accepted as a TRIO student. This program has benefitted me in acquiring federal work study and other educational resources. My advisor has been guiding me in making the right decisions based on the classes I need to graduate. She is always available to answer my questions when a need arises. Other members of the team assist me also when I need help. As a senior majoring in Social Science and Business, I am looking forward to graduating soon where I can utilize my skills and experiences into a fruitful harvest. My greatest thanks go to Linda Liu, my advisor who has been there for me whenever I ask for her support. Thanks to all the TRIO Staff who are working together in academic, advising, and counselling in making our pathway a success.