TRIO programs are federally-funded programs designed to provide educational access and assistance to income-eligible, first-generation, and/or students with a disability. TRIO programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as TRIO programs because there were three original programs created. TRIO programs are required to serve a majority of students who meet an income guideline and are also first-generation college students (the first in their family to complete a four-year college degree). There are over 1,000 colleges, universities, and community agencies nationwide which host TRIO programs. All TRIO program hosts apply for funds through competitive grants with the Department of Education. Crowder College hosts nine TRIO projects which serve income-eligible and first-generation college students. All services are offered at no cost to participants.