Illinois TRIO formerly Illinois Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (ILAEOPP), is an organization which is comprised of directors, counselors, students, parents, educators, and others who are dedicated to ensuring access and education for all who desire a post-secondary education. The Association has been in existence for thirty five years.


Illinois TRIO is a state chapter of the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) which is a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit consortium of professionals with the specific purpose of leveling the playing field of educational opportunity for first generation, low income, and disabled students.


EOA is the representative professional body for colleges, universities and agencies that host federally-funded TRIO educational opportunity programs within ten states in the great Midwest.

Who we are?

Mission Goals and Objectives

The mission of Illinois TRIO is to advance and defend the ideal of equal educational opportunity in postsecondary education. As such, the focus of Illinois TRIO is assuring that the least advantaged segments of the American population have a realistic chance to enter and graduate from a postsecondary institution.

To foster and promote standards of professional training effectiveness, and recognition of TRIO Programs, (e.g., Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Center, McNair) and other educational personnel who are in institutions of higher education and in other public and private agencies and organizations concerned with or engaged in the support and/or administration of educational opportunity.

To service the needs and interests of (1) students, faculties, and administrators in institutions of higher education, and (2) individuals in public and private agencies and organizations concerned with or engaged in the support and/or administration of Educational Opportunity Programs by promoting and facilitating the coordination of educational opportunities and by advising and assisting in the promotion and development of positive program implementation.

To promote and facilitate communication between institutions of higher education and the sponsors of student aid funds

To stimulate, promote and conduct systematic studies and research, cooperative experiments, education, conferences, and such other related activities as are desirable or necessary to fulfill the purposes of the Association.

Organization Documentation

Illinois TRIO Newsletters
TRIO Department of Education
TRIO Program Definitions
Illinois TRIO Meeting Minutes

Council for Opportunity in Education

COE pursues advocacy, professional development, research, and information for its membership that is all focused on helping disadvantaged students enroll in and complete postsecondary education.


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