Who is Eligible?

Application to Apply to ETS:

Students in the program must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, have legal residency, or be in the process of applying for legal permanent residency
  • Attend one of the target schools*
  • Have completed the 5th grade or be at least 11 years old
  • Commit to continuing their studies beyond high school
  • Commit to attending program workshops and events

*Participating schools include McKenzie Junior High, Fesler Junior High, Mesa Middle School, Santa Maria High School, Pioneer Valley High School, Ernest Righetti High School, and Nipomo High School.



Federal TRIO Programs Income Levels

(Effective January 2019 until further notice)

At least two-thirds of our participants must be preparing to be the first in their families to attend college, and meet certain federal income guidelines, as shown below.

1 $0.00 - $18,735
2 $18,736 - $25,365
3 $25,366 - $31,995
4 $31,996 - $38,625
5 $38,626 - $45,255
6 $45,256 - $51,885
7 $51,886 - $58,515
8 $58,516 - $65,145

*Listed income is for the 48 Contiguous States. Please contact advisor for Alaska and Hawaii income levels.

For family units with more than 8 members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,630.


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