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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?

In The News....

Northern Vermont University – Lyndon Upward Bound is now Accepting Applications


The Northern Vermont University - Lyndon Upward Bound program has begun accepting applications for new students for the 2022 academic year and summer residential program. Upward Bound is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education that is committed to providing modest-income, first-generation, and college-bound students the academic background, college preparatory experiences and support needed to succeed in college immediately after high school.

Eligible students must be in 9th or 10th grade and meet at least one of the following criteria: they will be of the first generation in their family to obtain a 4 year college degree, and/or come from a modest income family. Students are considered first generation if neither of their parents or legal guardians possess a bachelor’s degree. Financial eligibility is determined by taxable income and household size. A family of four is eligible if their taxable income for the 2020 tax year is less than $39,300. A student may be eligible for the program even if they only meet one of the two criteria.

NVU - Lyndon Upward Bound

Students Tour Keene State University 


On Friday, November 12th, six Northern Vermont University – Lyndon Upward Bound students took the chance to tour Keene State College. Located in southwestern New Hampshire, Keene State is a liberal arts college with many unique majors on offer, a robust student support system, especially for first-generation college students, and active athletic teams. The six Upward Bound students who attended the tour are all student athletes, ranging from sophomores to seniors in High School, with diverse post-graduate goals. Students in the group hope to study nursing, veterinary sciences, education, medical sciences, physical therapy, and psychology.

Students were shown many of the college’s facilities, including the theatre, athletic facilities, library, science department, and their new center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Following the tour, the Upward Bound students were able to meet with a representative from Keene State’s TRIO Student Support Services. He spoke to the students at length about the services offered to Keene students and the work he does to support them. He then carried out an engaging activity with the students that taught them about the importance of communication, balance, and support in college.

NVU - Lyndon Upward Bound Students Attend Annual Sophomore Summit

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On Monday, November 8th, eight Northern Vermont University – Lyndon Upward Bound students attended Sophomore Summit. Hosted annually by the University of Vermont’s Admissions team, Sophomore Summit is a workshop event which is meant to engage college-bound, high school students in conversations about their academic future. This is an important event for moderate-income and first-generation students who may have had limited access to college campuses in the past and who know little about the college admissions and financial aid process.

The day began with a campus tour led by a current University of Vermont student. The NVU-Lyndon Upward Bound team was accompanied by the SUNY Plattsburgh Upward Bound program for this in-depth look at all the Burlington University has to offer. Students learned about the many majors and programs offered at UVM, the unique opportunities presented by the campus, were able to see a typical college dormitory as well as the library and some academic buildings, and had the opportunity to engage with a current student. The tour allowed students to imagine themselves attending UVM and provided an immersive experience for them. Current students milled around campus, running to attend classes, working on homework, and going about their daily lives as college students.

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.