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. In support of our nation’s commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans, 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.
Our Lady of the Lake University hosts two TRiO programs.
McNair Scholars Program
The program’s goal is to increase the number of first-generation/income-qualified and traditionally underrepresented ethnic groups among the ranks of doctoral studies graduates and university professors.
Student Support Services
This program provides intensive academic and counseling support services designed to encourage all program participants to maximize their educational opportunities.