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What is Trio?

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs.

Do I have to be in the target schools to participate?

We prioritize our students from our target schools but if you would like to be part of our program and you do not attend one of our target schools, submit an application and we will follow up with you to confirm eligibility.

What if I can’t make all the events?

Our Educational Talent Search provides many opportunities to participate and be engaged with our program. Attend the events that sound interesting to you!

What if I don’t want to go to FIU once I graduate high school?

FIU ETS is located at FIU BBC but we assist students in admissions to all colleges and universities that fits them best. We would love to have you attend FIU, but we will assist you in attending any university or college.

What does Low Income Mean?

Federal TRIO Programs
Current-Year Low-Income Levels

(Effective January 11, 2024 until further notice)

Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions Alaska Hawaii
1 $22,590 $28,215 $25,965
2 $30,660 $38,310 $35,250
3 $38,730 $48,405 $44,535
4 $46,800 $58,500 $53,820
5 $54,870 $68,595 $63,105
6 $62,940 $78,690 $72,390
7 $71,010 $88,785 $81,675
8 $79,080 $98,880 $90,960


For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $8,070 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $10,095 for Alaska; and $9,285 for Hawaii.

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 on January 17, 2024 and are effective as of January 11, 2024.

What does First Generation Mean?

TRIO defines a first-generation college student as an individual whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree. The definition goes on to state that, in the case of an individual who regularly resided with and received support from only one parent, an individual whose only such parent did not complete a baccalaureate degree.

What resources do you offer?

FIU ETS provides the students with:

  • Tutorial Services,
  • Career Exploration
  • Academic Counseling
  • Workshops
  • Information College Admissions
  • Financial Literacy Education
  • Saturday Academy
  • Summer Academy
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • Field Trips
  • College Tours

How do we get in contact with FIU ETS?

We are located at the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus building Academic One room 394. Our phone number is 305-919-4223.