Advocacy Center

A key factor in our students’ success is our community’s ability to advocate successfully. Get the latest news, resources, and helpful information to assist TRIO supporters in advocating for college access and success.

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Kimberly Jones

FY24 Funding Fight Paused Until Early Next Year

President Biden signed the Further Continuing Appropriations and Extensions Act of 2024, averting a government shutdown on November 17 and maintaining federal funding at FY’23 levels. The legislation, incorporating a two-tiered structure proposed by House Speaker Mike Johnson, extends funding for four appropriations bills until January 19, 2024, with the remaining eight bills, including the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (LHHS), set to expire on February 2, 2024, in an effort to avoid a year-end omnibus package.
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Diane Shust

House Elects U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (LA-4) as Speaker, Promise to Move FY24 Appropriations Bills Quickly Follows

The House elected Rep. Mike Johnson as the new Speaker, replacing former Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy. Johnson has outlined an ambitious schedule for considering pending funding bills, including the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill that funds TRIO programs, during the week of November 13.
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Diane Shust

FY24 Appropriations Process Stunted; Shutdown on the Horizon

Because TRIO is ‘forward-funded,’ current program operations are funded by last year’s appropriations bill. In other words, Program Year 2023-2024 is funded by the FY2023 bill passed last year. Therefore, if there is a temporary government ‘shut down,’ it will have no impact on your ability to use your funding.
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Maureen Hoyler

House Subcommittee Level Funds TRIO in Bill That Cuts Overall FY24 Funding by 28%

COE celebrates a significant win as the Federal TRIO Programs receive level funding in the FY 2024 Appropriations bill despite a 28% cut in Department of Education funding. This achievement is attributed to your advocacy, and further steps involving both the House and Senate are required before finalizing the TRIO number.
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Diane Shust

Congress Suspends Debt Ceiling and Sets Spending Caps

While we have yet to determine the exact impact of this agreement on TRIO funding, it seems clear that Congress would have to cut another program for TRIO or any other non-discretionary program to receive an increase in Fiscal Year 2024.
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More than 800,000 low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities — from sixth grade through college graduation — are served by over 3,100 programs nationally.

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Take Action Now!

The key to TRIO’s success in creating over 5 million first-generation college graduates has been the strength of our community’s advocacy. Be part of our collective effort to fight for more funding to expand access to these life-changing services and programs. Contact your House Representatives and Senators today and tell them that TRIO WORKS!


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Let’s remind your Members of Congress that TRIO works!

Use the contact information for all congressional education staffers and schedulers by state and district.


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Now is the time to let your students and their stories shine!

Use this sample resource to share the successes of your students and programs with Members of Congress.



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Questions? Contact the Vice President of Public Policy, Diane Shust.

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More than 800,000 low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities — from sixth grade through college graduation — are served by over 3,100 programs nationally.

TRIO Caucus

Congressional Champions of TRIO

The Congressional TRIO Caucus is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress supportive of the Federal TRIO Programs and higher education access for low-income, first-generation, and disabled students.

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Here’s how you can get involved

Take action and tell your Member of Congress how TRIO works! The Take Action Now page will allow you to send a message on current TRIO issues in Congress. Use the toolkit below to stay in constant contact with Congress at each point in the appropriations process.


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