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Federal TRIO Programs

The TRIO programs, funded by the federal government and administered through the U.S. Department of  Education, include outreach and support programs targeted to help students progress from middle school through post‐secondary education. 

Student Support Services (SSS)

This federally funded TRIO program, available at all four IECC colleges since 1993, offers tutoring, academic and career advisement, study skills enhancement, special enrichment programs, and opportunity for community involvement.

The program’s goals are to provide the tools necessary to empower its participants to achieve life-long success. The program helps students to persist in college, to graduate, and to transfer to a four‐year institution. Students may be eligible by meeting one of the following criteria:
1) neither parent received a four‐year college degree;
2) financially limited resources (according to federal guidelines); or
3) be an individual with a documented disability.
Students must apply for acceptance and meet program requirements.

The TRIO Student Support Services serves 190 eligible students and has maintained an impressive record of success since its inception in the District. For more information or to apply for services, call the SSS counselors at any one of the four IECC colleges.

Learn more about TRIO Student Support Services.


Upward Bound (UB)  

IECC’s Upward Bound Program was the first TRIO Program established at IECC in 1989 and has continued to provide services to eligible high school students for over 35 years.

The Upward Bound Program is 100% federally funded by the Department of Education to provide services to high school students with the academic skills and motivation necessary for success in high school and beyond.  TRIO Upward Bound is a college preparatory program designed to offer academic advising, instruction, tutoring, test prep, social/emotional support, personal/career counseling, financial literacy, college admissions assistance, and cultural enrichment to participants who have the academic ability for completion of a post-secondary degree.

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Upward Bound provides these services to over 200 students from twelve high schools within the district. All services are free to participants accepted into the program.

Academic and summer component may include:

  • after-school college preparatory sessions
  • workshops
  • educational and college trips
  • six-week summer program on an IECC campus 

Upward Bound is available to students who attend a target high school in Clay, Crawford, Edwards, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, or White county. Students must apply and meet specific eligibility criteria.

For more information about TRIO Upward Bound call 618-393-3482 or speak with a target school Guidance Counselor. Information is also available on the TRIO Upward Bound website: