There are five federal TRIO Programs at Kent State University: Upward Bound Classic, Upward Bound Math/Science, Upward Bound Public Health, Student Support Services and The McNair Scholars Program.

TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. Over 850,000 low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities — from sixth grade through college graduation — are served by more than 2,800 programs nationally. TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention. TRIO programs provide direct support services for students, and relevant training for directors and staff. Each of these programs are funded in part by the United States Department of Education by way of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The United States Department of Education assists in funding over 2,800 programs nationally that serve 790,000+ students. TRIO programs are committed to providing educational opportunities for Americans—regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.  

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Three federal TRIO Upward Bound programs that seek to increase educational opportunities and diminish barriers for first-generation, low income students and families through comprehensive services in targeted school districts.

Student Support Services assists first generation, designated income and students registered with Student Accessibility Services in navigating campus resources and creating a meaningful Kent State experience. Support is provided in the core areas of Academic Success, Personal and Professional Development and Advocacy and Support. Services and programming within Student Support Services provide endless opportunities for self-reflection, discovery and learning.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program commonly referred to as The McNair Scholars Program prepares undergraduate students who are first-generation, from designated income or underrepresented groups in graduate schools, for doctoral study. McNair Scholars are engaged in scholarly research, mentored by faculty, and are exposed to varied academic and cultural experiences.