TRIO Definitions

Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) – a nonprofit organization started in 1981 that  advocates for TRIO Programs and under-resourced, first generation college, and students with disabilities in all 50 states, Washington D.C., the Pacific Islands, and Puerto Rico. Its membership includes more than 1,000 colleges and agencies. Through its numerous membership services, the Council works in conjunction with colleges, universities, and agencies to help low-income students enter college and graduate. Over a million low-income students and students with disabilities each year receive college access and retention services through our member colleges and agencies. (

Federal TRIO Programs – (Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans’ Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program) help students to overcome class, social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education.

TRIO services include — assistance in choosing a college; tutoring; personal and financial counseling; career counseling; assistance in applying to college; workplace and college visits; special instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and mathematics; assistance in applying for financial aid; and academic assistance in high school or assistance to reenter high school or college.

Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) – The NAEOP Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is a yearlong leadership development program that is designed to inspire and cultivate strong leadership within NAEOP and its participating State Associations. The program is designed to combine professional development, networking opportunities, and hands-on experiences to ensure successful continuation of NAEOP. (

Fair Share – The sharing of budgetary responsibility needed for the Council for Opportunity in  Education to operate based on the relative number of TRIO projects in an area.  Fair share is an opportunity to support the work of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). COE advocates for TRIO programs and has fought for our additional funding throughout the years.

Northwest Association of Educational Opportunity Programs (NAEOP) – one of 10 regions across the United States. NAEOP is region 10 and includes the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. This association was initially created in 1989 under the name Northwest Association of Special Programs (NASP) and officially changed its name to NAEOP in 2012.  NAEOP provides a venue in which all TRIO and similar programs may support the success of low income, first generation and underrepresented students to obtain a quality education. (

Friends of NAEOP (FON) – Friends of NAEOP or FON was established in 1986 as a fundraising organization with tax-exempt and tax-deductible status approved by the Internal Revenue Service.  FON  conducts fundraising through purchases made in their online store and by holding auctions and other activities and regional conferences. All money raised from these activities goes directly to scholarships for disadvantaged students. (

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