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


Apply to be a TRIO Scholar

The 2019–2020 application is now closed. Applications for the 2020–2021 school year will be available during summer 2020.

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


You may be eligible if you are an undergraduate student who is a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident; have an academic need; and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college student
  • Low-income (based on the U.S. Department of Education scale)
  • Have a physical or learning disability. ( You must be registered at the Student Disability Resource Center at UCR).

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. 


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.