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Learn about six TRiO programs

  1. Student Support Services
  2. Student Support Services — STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  3. Upward Bound
  4. Upward Bound Rural Schools
  5. Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement
  6. Educational Talent Search

Student Support Services

Student Support Services (SSS) and Student Support Services – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are free programs designed to improve the retention and graduation rates of low-income, first-generation or disabled college students.

Both SSS programs offer their participants academic, career and personal counseling as well as tutoring and assistance in obtaining financial aid. They also provide workshops and seminars on a variety of topics including computer literacy, study skills, time management and career exploration. In addition, SSS students are given the opportunity to attend cultural enrichment events.

McNair Scholars Program

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement prepares qualified undergraduate students who are interested in eventually earning a PhD for doctoral studies. Participants are low-income, first-generation or from historically under-represented groups.

The McNair Scholars Program ensures that participants receive counseling and academic advisement. They also receive training in research methods and information skills sufficient for continuation at the graduate level. In addition, the program provides opportunities for summer research internships and other research experiences throughout the academic year.

Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search identifies and assists high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education.

The program provides academic, career and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to the post-secondary institution of their choice.

Talent Search also serves high-school dropouts by encouraging them to reenter the education system and complete their education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youths from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in post-secondary education institutions of their choice.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a free program that serves high school students from income-eligible families, and families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to prepare participants for high-school graduation and to increase the rate at which they enroll, attend and ultimately graduate from, colleges and universities.

Upward Bound programs offer their participants* academic, financial and personal counseling; tutoring; workshops; presentations; assistance in completing college entrance and financial-aid applications; and other topics of interest to college-bound students. In addition, participating students are given the opportunity to attend the Summer Residential Program at Binghamton University.

*Students must live in a participating school district to participate in the Upward Bound Program at Binghamton University.

Last Updated: 10/2/18