Program Mission and Eligibility

Mission of TRiO at KCC

TRiO is a support program to help students progress, graduate, and either transfer to a four year college or enter the professional labor market. TRiO has a high graduation rate since we offer an array of services and interventions such as advisement, counseling, coaching, college knowledge workshops, and tutorials. At TRiO, we work backwards. We ask what you want to do the day after graduation and then we help you get there. We are an outcomes based program to ensure purposeful education at KCC.

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.