Texas TRIO Association



ABC‘s of TRIO

This page contains a list of important partners, programs, and initiatives that help keep all TX TRIO Association members informed, engaged, and empowered. 

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Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) 

A nonprofit organization started in 1981 that advocates for TRIO Programs and under-resourced, first generation college, and students with disabilities in Washington D.C.



Emerging Leader's Institute (ELI)

A one-year program to help identify and train TRIO professionals into becoming leaders within the organization.


Fair Share 

The sharing of budgetary responsibility needed for the Council for Opportunity in Education to operate based on the relative number of TRIO projects in an area.


Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP)

The first of ten regional associations whose purpose is to advance and defend the ideal of educational opportunity for all TRIO eligible individuals. SWASAP provides to its members the guidance and support needed to foster those activities necessary to enable the target population to persist in achieving their educational goals.


SWASAP States & their association names

      • Arkansas - Arkansas Association of Student Assistance Programs (AASAP)
      • Louisiana - Louisiana Association of Student Assistance Programs (LASAP)
      • New Mexico - TRIO New Mexico
      • Oklahoma - Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance (ODSA)
      • Texas – Texas TRIO Association (TX TRIO)
          • DFW Alliance
          • San Antonio Area Alliance
          • Houston Area Alliance
          • Central Texas Alliance

Student Leadership Conference (SLC)

A student focused conference that provides personal and professional development opportunities and a chance to network with other TRIO students throughout the state. The conference is a combination of speakers and targeted sessions to help you build critical skills for their future.


Policy Seminar

This cornerstone event actually consists of four activities: (1) the National College Opportunity Programs Leadership Summit (“Leadership Summit”) for new and experienced college access and success professionals (2) the TRIO Alumni Leadership Forum (“Alumni Forum”), a one-day leadership and networking event designed to re-engage TRIO alumni  (3) the Seminar on Relations with the U.S. Department of Education (“ED Seminar”), which includes remarks from grant agency officials and programmatic roundtables; and (4) a two-day advocacy session (formally known as the “Policy Seminar”) which features remarks by key Members of Congress, panels of legislative experts, and advocacy training by COE and visits to Capitol Hill.


Texas TRIO Association (TX-TRIO)  Address:  1225 W. Mitchell St. University of Texas at Arlington,  Box 19356, Arlington, TX 76019  Phone: 817.272.2633  Fax:  817. 272.2616

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