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UCR's TRIO Scholar male and female students, representing a variety of cultures.

Apply to be a TRIO Scholar

The TRIO Scholars 2024-2025 application is now open.
Priority application deadline is Friday, August 9, 2024 at 11:59PM. Applications submitted after August 9th will be reviewed if spots become available. Application is open on a rolling basis.

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You may be eligible if you are an undergraduate student enrolled at UCR, have an academic need, and meet at least one of the following criteria:

Guidelines are set by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are not eligible, you will be notified. Decisions are final and not subject to appeal. 

How to Apply for TRIO Scholars

The online application consists of general information questions, short-response questions, income tax information questions, and academic history requests. Below are the documents you will need to complete your TRIO Scholars application: 

  • 2023 Income Tax Information: All students must submit 2023 income tax information. If a parent/guardian claimed you as a dependent on their 2023 taxes, please use their tax information to complete the application. If you are an independent and submitted your own 2023 taxes, please use your tax information to complete the application. If you or a parent/guardian did not submit 2023 taxes, please select that option on the application. 
  • Unofficial Transcripts: All students (first-year students, returning students, and community college transfer students) must submit a digital copy of their high school transcripts. All transfer students must also submit a copy of their community college transcripts. We understand, it may be difficult to obtain an unofficial transcript so we will also be accepting other forms of records that document your coursework and grades (ex. Official transcripts, screenshots of final grades from your online portal, etc.). If you are unable to submit any documentation of your high school or community college grades, please indicate that in the application. Your application will still be processed but we will only be able to review the information provided in your application and supporting documents. 

Interviews will be extended to applicants on a case-by-case basis to allow TRIO Scholars staff a chance to follow up with any additional questions. 

If you have questions about the application process, contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


If there are not sufficient spots, eligible students may be put on a waitlist. Offers will be made to waitlisted students as spots become available throughout the year. Waitlisted students must accept or decline the offer within 72 hours.  

Program Requirements and Expectations

TRIO Scholars staff is deeply committed to the success of our students and expect a high level of engagement from our students to ensure they receive all the resources they need. In order to meet our mission of student success, and to remain active participant in the program, all students that are accepted into the TRIO Scholars program must complete the following requirements:

  • Meet with assigned staff member once per quarter
  • Participate in two TRIO Scholars workshops per quarter and one during the summer
  • Attend two campus partner workshops a year
  • Attend one TRIO Scholars Financial Literacy Workshop a year
  • Maintain good academic standing