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Low-income students are being left behind. Only 38% of low-income high school seniors go straight to college as compared to 81% of their peers in the highest income quartile. Then, once enrolled in college, low-income students earn bachelor's degrees at a rate that is less than half of that of their high-income peers — 21% as compared with 45%.

Students in the Upward Bound program are four times more likely to earn an undergraduate degree than those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in TRIO. Nearly 20 percent of all Black and Hispanic freshmen who entered college in 1981 received assistance through the TRIO Talent Search or EOC programs. Students in the TRIO Student Support Services program are more than twice as likely to remain in college than those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program.

Who Does TRIO Serve?

Who Does TRIO Serve?

As mandated by Congress, two-thirds of the students served must come from families with low-moderate income where neither parent graduated from college.

More than 2,800 TRIO Programs currently serve nearly 758,000 low-income Americans. Many programs serve students in grades six through 12.


Thirty-seven percent of TRIO students are Whites, 35% are African-Americans, 19% are Hispanics, 4% are Native Americans, 4% are Asian-Americans, and 1% are listed as "Other," including multiracial students.


Seven thousand students with disabilities and more than 6,000 U.S. veterans are currently enrolled in the TRIO Programs as well.


Northern Vermont University Lyndon Upward Bound

A federally funded program dedicated to serving college-bound, first-generation, and modest-income students from Northeastern Vermont and New Hampshire and helping them achieve their academic goals

since 1985.

News & Updates

Northern Vermont University - Lyndon Upward Bound had an outstanding 40th summer program!! Though we made the tough decision to transition to a smaller, cohort-based residential program to stayin compliance with Covid-19 protocals, it was awesome to have students on campus and they all took advantage of this opportunity to grow academically, socially, and culturally all while pursuing their college goals. This included immersion in a college environment with five hours of daily academic classes in the morning followed by social activities and elective classes in the afternoon, all with the purpose of pushing them outside their comfort zones and become more prepared for the school year, college, and their future


In total, we offered a selection of 5 challenging academic courses including SAT Prep, Calculus, Geometry, College Writing, and Senior College Counseling. We also offered 10 elective courses including John Lewis Book Club, Creative Writing, Photography, Fitness, Musical Theater, Robotics, and Yoga. At the end of the summer, all scholars took a full unofficial SAT in which the rising seniors scored a staggering 200 points above the national average for similar income students! These tests will be used to better prepare the young scholars for this important college entrance exam. All-in-all, the students took full advantage of the opportunity to grow personally, academically, and socially, and really enjoyed being back in person after a Virtual Summer Program last year - despite the smaller group dynamic.


Beyond coursework, students had the opportunity to participate in 10 in-person college tours this summer: NVU-Lyndon, Middlebury College, Boston College, Northeastern, Central Maine Community College, University of Maine at Farmington, Thomas College, University of Maine - Orono, Husson University, and Colby College. Many of these tours allowed our participants to connect with members of campus-based Student Support Services, another federally-funded TRIO community. Building upon these tours, we had a “Major Aspirations” seminar where an archaeologist from Middlebury College spoke to the students about his career path and experiences as a low-income student. We believe it is important for our UB students to hear about the struggles of other first-generation or low-income college students and how they successfully overcame common obstacles.


The summer program is a very important part of the entire Upward Bound experience and we use this opportunity to build relationships with our students that will carry into the school year and throughout their high school and college experience. During the academic year, we will continue to meet with our students and offer them a variety of academic, community, and leadership opportunities, as well as cultural and social events to help them better prepare for college and realize their true potential. Additionally, we will meet with the students monthly at their schools and invite them to on campus meetings and off-campus trips to build on the relationships we have started this summer. The Program firmly believes that these experiences will better prepare the students for success in high school in the fall, and college in the future. The Upward Bound staff will be available throughout the year to support students and answer any questions about the college process. We are very proud of our students!!

What is TRIO Anyway?

What is TRIO Anyway?

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Northern Vermont University – Lyndon Upward Bound Students Tour Maine Selective Colleges

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Five Northern Vermont University’s Lyndon Upward Bound students were the guest of three of Maine’s most selective colleges; Colby College, Bates College, and Bowdoin College. For many of these schools, these were some of the first in-person college tours they have given in over a year. The students started off with a presentation by an admissions officer at Colby which covered retention rate, campus life, cost, and life after college. The students then had a 90 minute tour by two Colby students that covered life on campus, academic buildings, dining hall, and athletic facilities.

The Upward Bound program then traveled to Lewiston Maine for a self-guided tour of Bates College, a small private liberal arts college with just over 1800 students. The students were also able to see a 30 minute virtual information session about the campus and it’s history, the community, and their holistic approach to admissions. 

Northern Vermont University - Lyndon Upward Bound

Students Tour Maine Colleges


On February 21st and 22nd, Five TRIO Upward Bound students from Northern Vermont University – Lyndon traveled to Bangor, Maine for an overnight trip to tour two colleges: The University of Maine at Orono, and Husson University. They were joined by Lyndon Upward Bound Alumna and summer Residential Tutor Counselor Lauren Holt who offered to help chaperone the trip! The group left bright and early on Monday morning from the Lyndon Campus and the students talked for the entire duration of the 4 and a half hour van ride to Husson University, a small private liberal arts college in Bangor, ME with over 70 degree programs and one of the cheapest tuition rates of any college in the country. After eating lunch at the Dickerman Dining Center, the students headed out on a tour of the campus and its facilities, led by a current student in the Education program at Husson University.

NVU - Lyndon Upward Bound Students Attend Tour Saint Anselm College

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On Friday, December 10th, three Northern Vermont University – Lyndon Upward Bound students decided to spend the cold winter day touring Saint Anselm College. Located in Goffstown, NH, Saint Anselm College is a private, Benedictine, Liberal Arts College which offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors, Division II athletics, and many different clubs and activities for their students.

The Upward Bound students, Charlie, Jayden, and Thomas, spent the two hour drive south talking about what they hoped to learn about the college on the tour. All three students are high school juniors with interests in engineering, psychology, and pre-medical studies respectively. They brainstormed questions that they planned to ask the tour guide and talked through the pros and cons of different colleges.

The Federal TRIO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.


TRIO includes eight outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

These Programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs).


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.