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Legislation and Regulations
Wednesday and Thursday, October 27-29, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (ET)
Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math/Science
Tuesday and Wednesday, November 16-17, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (ET)
Student Support Services and McNair
Wednesday and Thursday, December 1-2, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (ET)
EOC and Veterans Upward Bound
COST$450.00 for Members, $850.00 for Non-Members

These virtual professional development sessions are designed to assist TRIO staff in learning the legislation and regulations that guide their programs. COE staff and faculty will discuss the Legislation, your specific TRIO regulations, the Education Department Guidelines (EDGAR) and OMB Uniform Cost Circulars as well as the process and authority associated with revising your budgets.

Online Courses

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Free Online Courses

We are excited to announce the following courses have been made available for FREE through the Priority 4: Improving Financial Aid and Admissions Outcomes & Increasing Economic Literacy grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The following are asynchronous online self-directed courses available to any TRIO staff via CourseSites by the BlackBoard platform, made accessible for participation at any time and location at no cost until August 2022. These self-directed courses are meant to offer additional information and supplement the topics related to the Priority 4 Trainings. For further information about the Priority 4 Training or help in accessing the courses below, contact Nicole Norfles at (

Effective Collaborative Strategies for Financial and Economic Literacy
Assist in increasing trainees' ability to raise participants’ level of financial literacy.
• Provide trainees with the necessary tools to help participants become more financially savvy and self-empowered.
• Assist TRIO staff to provide services to participants to help them make more informed and strategic decisions regarding their finances and how to better use financial aid funds.
• Provide strategies to increase access for TRIO participants to financial education and asset building resources.
• Provide assets to build collaboration with service providers in the grantee institution, in the local community, and through online resources.

TRIO 101
Enumerate each of the TRIO programs.
• Examine TRIO’s authorization through the Higher Education Act and its Administration within the Student Support Division of the U.S. Department of Education.
• Provide a history of TRIO programs to project personnel who may be new or have limited experience with TRIO programs.
• Provide an overview of TRIO programs to project personnel who may be new or have limited experience with TRIO programs.
• Provide an overview of TRIO regulatory documents and links to these documents.

A Toolkit to Establish Money Mentors and a Financial Wellness Club to Institute Financial Literacy among Students and Staff
Assist TRIO staff participation in financial literacy self-assessment with students.
• Provide pre- and post- financial self-assessments.
• Provide trainees with a toolkit to identify components of a financial wellness center.
• Develop student Money Mentors as participant peers.
• Provide list of resources to identify speakers to address topics such as salary considerations by academic career, salary negotiations, entrepreneurs and internships, food bank benefits, and/or alternative housing and rent considerations.
• Provide a list of money habit games, envelop systems, and other tools to diversify financial literacy learning.


COE explores innovative and economical ways to deliver professional development training to recipients in the comfort of their home or office. These webinars encourage participation through a combination of web-based presentation and conference call. The low-cost trainings (no travel, lodging, or meal costs) provide program staff high-quality professional development in their offices with lesser interruption of provisions of service to their participants. Space is limited. Register early!

LDTT: Building Beneficial Partnerships
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — COLLEGE PROGRAMS
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET)
COST$350.00 for Members, $700.00 for Non-Members

TRIO programs can do more for their students when they have strong partnerships on campus and in their communities. Participants in this webinar will hear from TRIO practitioners who have cultivated beneficial relationships that advance their progress towards meeting objectives and provide impactful opportunities for their students. As a part of our Let’s Do This Together series, webinar participants will have an opportunity during the session to share their successes and challenges in creating and sustaining beneficial partnerships, with dedicated time for peer-to-peer learning.

LDTT: Recruitment In The New Normal
Wednesday, November 10
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — PRECOLLEGE YOUTH
COST$350.00 for Members, $700.00 for Non-Members

Are you meeting your program participant numbers? Interested in hearing new ideas on how to reach students in your target schools and target areas? Join this webinar to hear from TRIO Directors that have found success in transforming their recruitment over the last year and a half. As a part of our Let’s Do This Together series, webinar participants will have an opportunity during the session to share their successes and challenges in their recruitment efforts, with dedicated time for peer-to-peer learning.

Connect. Discuss. Learn.
Friday, November 5, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (ET)
Friday, November 5, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — COLLEGE PROGRAMS
COSTFree for Everyone!

COE is offering a place for the TRIO community to have an opportunity to connect with peers, discuss current challenges, and learn current legislative and regulatory authority to help you run your program through this crisis. Attendees will get up-to-date information from Capitol Hill and the U.S. Department of Education and have the chance to share helpful practices that are working for them. We are in this together. If you have any program related questions, please contact Angelica Vialpando at (

Start Smart
Thursday, November 11, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — TALENT SEARCH
Friday, November 12, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — EOC
COSTFree for Everyone!

Congratulations on securing your new grant! Join us to help you start off right. COE will review important documents and terminology, key steps that should be completed within the first 90 days, and organizations available to support your grants success.

Annual Performance Reports (APR)
Thursday, October 14, 2021
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (ET)
Talent Search
Thursday, October 21, 2021
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (ET)
Educational Opportunity Centers
Thursday, October 28, 2021
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science
Friday, October 29, 2021
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Thursday, November 4, 2021
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Student Support Services
Target Audience — NEW PERSONNEL
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Student Support Services
Thursday, January 13, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Veterans Upward Bound
COST$350.00 for Members, $700.00 for Non-Members

Live Annual Performance Reports (APR) webinars begin this Fall. All webinar recordings will be available until submission deadlines for all the APRs have passed. Register now.

Spotlight on the I’m First! Guide To College
Wednesday, October 20
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (ET)
COSTFree for Everyone!

The I'm First! Guide to College, an initiative of Strive for College, is the only college guidebook designed uniquely for low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Learn how two TRIO directors are successfully using the guide with their Upward Bound and Talent Search programs and empowering their students on the path to college. Also, learn how to take advantage of special discounts available to TRIO providers from COE.


Pricing Members Non-Members
Phone Consult + On-Site Training + 3- Online 10-Day Courses $800 $1,500
Phone Consult + On-Site Training + 5- Online 10-Day Courses $1,100 $1,900

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Compliance Assessment & Technical Assistance

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No Better Time to Reinvent Your Program

We recognize the impacts of COVID-19 and understand the necessary steps institutions are taking to contain the virus will continue for many weeks, possibly even months. As a result there is NO BETTER TIME (NBT) for professionals to get guidance for continuing student services through this protracted time. Register online for a virtual academy today!