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TRiO is educational opportunity for low-income, first-generation, and disabled Americans.  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 TRiPrograms (initially just three programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRiprograms help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.


 locker STEPS—Talent Search

College access program for students in grades 6-12.
Contact Kris Simpson, Director
 se_logo Upward Bound, Texoma Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math/Science

College access programs for students in grades 9-12.
Contact Susy Haworth, Director

 SE - SSS logo Student Support Services

Support and retention service for college students.
Contact Susan Dodson, Director

 ProjectTeach Student Support Services – Project TEACH

Support and retention service for college students in teacher prep programs.
Contact Susan Dodson, Director

 trio_logos-eoc_red Educational Opportunity Center

College access program for adults.
Contact Teriki Barnes, Director

 COE_logo COE/TRiO

The National Council for Opportunity in Education
Links to other TRiO programs and provides a wealth of information about regulations, conference information and training opportunities for TRiO personnel.


To contact us:
Call 580-745-2420 or  580-745-2929
Durant (Main) Office
or 1-888-286-9431 ext. 5247  Idabel Office
Kris Simpson, Director
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