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Federal TRIO Programs

The Federal TRiO Programs aim to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. This includes individuals who are low-income, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities. There are a total of eight TRiO programs, two of which have a presence at SJSU:

Student Support Services TRIO (SSS / ASPIRE) Program 

  • Provides opportunities for academic development
  • Helps students complete postsecondary education
  • Increases the college retention and graduation rates

TRIO (McNair Scholars) Program

  • Helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds prepare for doctoral studies
  • Increases the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by underrepresented students


The SSS (ASPIRE) program is a federally funded program that aims to increase college retention and graduate rates among students of underrepresented students. This program provides support and opportunities for students to complete postsecondary education.

At SJSU, we serve 260 students and take 50 new students every year. Enrollment is ongoing and is applicable for freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors. The program includes:

  • One-on-one advising
  • In house writing and math tutors
  • Cultural trips to plays, ballets, symphonies, and museums
  • Federal Aid Grant up to $1,000 for active and participating students that meet the following criteria: Freshmen, Sophomore (less then 60 units), pell eligible. 

TRIO (McNair Scholars) Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program at San Jose State University (SJSU) is an exciting effort designed to encourage low income individuals who are first generation college students and / or underrepresented in graduate education to pursue doctoral study.

Interested in Graduate School? Visit the McNair Scholars Program at SJSU website to learn more!

Learn more about the SJSU TRiO Programs!