Who is Eligible?

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, have legal residency, or be in the process of applying for legal permanent residency
  • Neither biological parent has a four-year university degree
  • Meet income requirements. See Federal TRIO Programs Income Levels below.
  • Attend a target school or live in the target school area. Target 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.
  • Have completed the 5th grade or be at least 11 years old
  • Have goals of continuing their education beyond high school

Federal TRIO Programs Income Levels

(Effective January 2021 until further notice)

Include all persons considered "dependents"and other family members living in your household on a permanent basis.

1 $0.00 - $19,320
2 $19,321 - $26,130
3 $26,131 - $32,940
4 $32,941 - $39,750
5 $39,751 - $46,560
6 $46,561 - $53,370
7 $53,371 - $60,180
8 $60,181 - $66,990

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

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,810 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $8,520 for Alaska; and $7,830 for Hawaii.

The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The 2021 poverty guidelines are in effect as of January 13, 2021. Federal Register notice was published February 1, 2021.


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