October 19, 2021
By Maureen Hoyler
Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education ("LHHS") released its proposed funding bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. Under this bill, the Federal TRIO Programs would receive an increase of $185.8 million or a 17% increase, for a total appropriation of $1.28 billion for FY 2022 (program year 2022-23). We're well on our way to doubling TRIO in the next four years!
In addition to providing a boost in the number and size of awards in the upcoming competitions for Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science, Veterans Upward Bound, and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate programs, the legislation also directs the Department of Education to use part of the allocation to fund high-scoring applications in the FY21 Talent Search and Educational Opportunity Centers and FY20 Student Support Services competitions. The proposed Senate bill would also increase the maximum Pell Grant by $400 to $6,895 and provide a $32 million increase or 9% increase for GEAR UP, for a total appropriation of $400 million. All told, this bill represents another major step forward for low-income, first-generation students and the programs that serve them.
It is the work of TRIO educators, parents, students, and alumni that have brought us to this point. By connecting your students and programs with Members of Congress and congressional staff throughout the year through local (and virtual) visits, sharing updates about your students' success and continuing to champion our message, you have brought us another step closer to achieving our goal — Double TRIO, Double Pell!
Please thank your Senators for their past support of TRIO and ask them to support this TRIO funding increase as the Senate bill moves forward. Please be sure to also invite your Senators to visit your TRIO program for First-Generation College Celebration Day on November 8. Contact info for all Senators and their education legislative assistants can be found here.
Thank you for your continued advocacy and support of TRIO students and programs!
Maureen Hoyler is President of the Council for Opportunity in Education.