July 22, 2019
On Wednesday, July 17, a bipartisan group of House Representatives introduced H.R. 3800, the Educational Opportunities and Success Act to reauthorize TRIO in the Higher Education Act. This legislation, which serves as a companion piece to a bill introduced last month in the Senate, takes important steps to protect TRIO applicants in the grant review process while also easing burdens for programs and students by streamlining TRIO eligibility criteria to align with other student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. A true demonstration of the unifying nature of TRIO, this bill was authored by a broad cross-section of legislators. Specifically, it was introduced by Representatives Gwen Moore (D-WI-04), Warren Davidson (R-OH-08), Alma Adams (D-NC-12), Mike Simpson (R-ID-02), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13), and Glenn Thompson (R-PA-15).
“As Co-Chair of the TRIO Caucus, I am proud to introduce this bi-partisan legislation along with my esteemed colleagues,” said Representative Moore. “TRIO changed my life. I came to college as a 19-year-old single mother and TRIO gave the resources I needed to be successful. Without TRIO, I wouldn’t be a Member of Congress. Being a Member of Congress means that I can now pay it forward and support the program that for so long supported me.”
Representative Warren Davidson shared, “Rejecting [TRIO] applications for formatting errors is unreasonable. Our bill eliminates bureaucracy and makes common-sense improvements to ensure low-income students have access to the resources they need to succeed.”
More information about the legislation is available here.