TRiO / GearUp Introduction

  • The goal of both programs is to increase disadvantaged students' secondary school completion and postsecondary enrollment by providing a variety of academic, counseling, and college preparatory services.

    GEAR UP includes a scholarship component, while Trio provides financial aid counseling and work-study employment.

    A Brief History of TRiO

    The TRIO Programs were originally established by the federal government in 1965 to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstances. TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. Middlesex Community College's Pre-Collegiate TRiO Programs and GEAR UP:Massachusetts include 4 college access programs funded by the United States Department of Education. Our programs serve over 1,500 students annually across the Lowell Public School District, fostering a college-going climate by providing academic enrichment, college field trips, summer programs, and one-on-one college and financial aid advising to under-served and potential first generation college students.

    TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS)

    ETS exposes students (grades 9-12) to higher education opportunities and provides information and assistance with the college process, from financial aid and scholarships to PSAT, SAT, and TOEFL tests. During the academic year, ETS provides student supportwithmajor emphasis in academic advising, college visits, life skills, test taking skills, college prep workshops, and more. Additionally, ETS provides summer programming for students enrolled in the program. Eligible students come from low-income families and/or are potentially the first family to go to college.

    TRiO Upward Bound (UB)

    UB prepares students academically to enter higher education through a carefully planned intensive program of college preparation. It is a semester-based credited academic program with a rigorous 6-week academic summer component tailored to meet the specialized needs of students in grades 9-12. Students must meet Federal Income guidelines for low income families and be a first generation college bound student.

    TRiO Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS)

    UBMS aims to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to assists students in preparing for higher education in math and science fields. The program serves students in grades 9-12 currently attending Lowell High School. Students are encouraged to attend a 6-week summer program along with regular Upward Bound students. Students must meet eligibility requirements: low-income and potential first in their families to go to college.

    GEAR UP: Massachusetts (GU)

    GEAR UP's purpose is to increase the number of students (Grades 9-12) graduating fromhigh school and pursuing higher education. The program works in close collaboration with Lowell High School to offer its students the resources needed to achieve academic success and exposure to higher education opportunities. Students must be enrolled in Free or Reduced Lunch.