The Texas Association of Student Special Services Program seeks to support, create, develop, improve and extend educational, financial and cultural opportunities for every TRIO participant to develop to his/her full potential.
The Texas Association of Student Special Service Program (TASSSP) is the representative body for TRIO professionals from colleges, universities and agencies that host federally-funded TRIO educational opportunity programs in the state of Texas. TASSSP is dedicated to advocating for the TRIO movement by creating opportunities for TRIO professionals and participants with professional development and support.
The mission is accomplished through the following: implementing educational training and outreach initiatives, developing state resources, empowering state leadership and involvement in political issues that impact TRIO programs, providing scholarship opportunities, optimizing opportunities to reinforce and increase proficiency in technology, and increasing effective communication and brand recognition that furthers public awareness of the needs of disadvantaged students enrolled in or aspiring to post-secondary education.
TASSSP BY-LAWSThe Texas Association of Student Special Service Program (TASSSP) is governed by our bylaws and constitution. Click the words BY-LAWS and CONSTITUTION, to review our governing documents.
2017-2018 Current Board
(L-R) Fidel Zapata, Treasurer, Guy Melton III, North Zone Representative, Regan Arevalos, South Zone Representative, Tony Hall, President, Priselda Perez, Past President, Al Bacon, President-Elect, & Victoria McWilliams, Secretary
WHAT IS TRIO?
Our nation has made a commitment to provide educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.
In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs). While financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.
TRIO programs are very effective and many students from first generation and low-income families depend on them to succeed in high school and college. In fact, since 1965 an estimated 2 million students have graduated from college with the special assistance and support of our nation's TRIO Programs.
TRIO is made up of the following programs:
Who is Served
As mandated by Congress, two-thirds of TRIO students must come from families with annual incomes under $28,000, with neither parent graduating from college. More than 2,700 TRIO Programs currently serve nearly 866,000 low-income Americans. Many programs serve students in grades six through 12. Thirty-seven percent of TRIO students are white, 35 percent are African-American, 19 percent are Hispanic, 4 percent are Native American, 4 percent are Asian-American, and 1 percent are listed as "Other," including multiracial students. Twenty-two thousand students with disabilities and more than 25,000 U.S. veterans are currently enrolled in the TRIO Program.
How it Works
More than 1,000 colleges, universities, community colleges, and agencies now offer TRIO programs in America. TRIO funds are distributed to institutions through competitive grants.
Evidence of Achievement
Students in the Upward Bound program are four times more likely to earn an undergraduate degree than students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in TRIO; nearly 20 percent of all black and Hispanic freshmen who entered college in 1981 received assistance through the TRIO Talent Search or EOC programs; students in the TRIO Student Support Services program are more than twice as likely to remain in college compared to students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program.