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TRIO Programs

“To advance and promote educational assistance, college access, and cultural enrichment to low-income and first-generation students.”

What is TRIO?

Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. 

In support of this commitment, 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 (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. 

Iowa Lakes Community College hosts two of the TRIO Programs.

  • Educational Talent Search

For more information on each program, please click on the links to the left.

For more information on TRIO programs, please go to Council for Opportunity in Education.


Trudy Ahrens
TRIO Director

Questions or comments? Please email us at or call 712-362-2604 or 800-521-5054.
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