TRIO History

Over the years, our TRIO program has expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services to reach more students who need assistance.

TRIO Offices

Main Campus
1401 Basehart Road SE,
BT #4

Find us on Main Campus near the corner of University and Basehart, across from Student Services Center.

Phone: (505) 224-4375, option 1

Montoya Campus
4700 Morris NE, Tom Wiley Building, room 101

(505) 224-4375, option 2

About Federal TRIO Programs

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs
designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes seven programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation
college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects.
Pre-College Programs

  • TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers
  • TRIO Educational Talent Search
  • TRIO Upward Bound
  • TRIO Upward Bound Math & Science
Postsecondary Programs

  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • TRIO Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement
  • TRIO Veterans Upward Bound

TRIO Student Support Services

Program Office: Federal TRIO Programs
CFDA Number: 84.042
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also Known as: SSS, TRIO (SSS is one of seven TRIO programs.)
Program Description: Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. Student Support Services (SSS) projects also may provide grant aid to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants (# 84.063). The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants.
Types of Projects: All SSS projects must provide: academic tutoring, which may include instruction in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science, and other subjects; advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection, assist student with information on both the full range of student financial aid programs, benefits and resources for locating public and private scholarships; and assistance in completing financial aid applications. Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy and assist students in applying for admission to graduate and professional programs; and assist students enrolled in two-­year institutions and applying for admission to, and obtaining financial assistance for enrollment in four­-year programs. The SSS projects may also provide individualized counseling for personal, career, and academic information, activities, and instruction designed to acquaint students with career options; exposure to cultural events and academic programs not usually available; mentoring programs, securing temporary housing during breaks for students who are homeless youths and students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system.

National Resources

Department of Education:
Council for Opportunity in Education (COE):

TRIO at Central New Mexico Community College


TRIO Student Support Services was awarded to CNM Main Campus in October 2001 through a competitive U.S. Department of Education (USDE) grant award process and has received continued USDE funding. CNM Montoya Campus will begin a new TRIO Student Support Services program, commencing fall 2015. All TRIO programs are authorized under the amended law of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Some landmark dates include:

  • September 2015: CNM was awarded a new TRIO SSS grant for CNM Montoya campus and a renewal grant cycle (5 years) for TRIO Main campus.
  • October 2014: TRIO Student Support Services grant competition, 5 year grant cycle.
  • September 2013: Due to federal sequestration,TRIO had to the eliminate biology/chemistry tutor position.
  • October 2012: Celebration event, 10 years+ TRIO Alumni event at CNM.
  • Summer 2011: Moved to Basehart #4 temporary building for an estimated three years. Still maintaining offices, tutoring space and student computer lab there.
  • 2010–2015: Successful grant competition secured five years of funding.
  • Fall 2005: Moved department from the Student Services Center to the South Building at Main campus. This move created more tutoring space, computer lab, scanners, a Xerox copier, and a private conference room area.
  • Fall 2005: TRIO added biology and chemistry tutorial services.
  • 2005–2009: Successful grant competition secured five more years of funding.
  • Fall 2004: Created TAG (TRIO Achievers Group) student club for student leadership and community service opportunities.
  • 2001–2005: During the first 4 years (1st grant cycle) an English tutor position was added to tutoring subjects and we began the TRIO graduation banquet tradition.

Early History of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (PDF)