TRIO Pre-College Programs

TRIO Pre-College Programs are 100% grant funded by the US Department of Education and proudly hosted on the campus of Finlandia University since the 1980s. During which time both programs have assisted students from Baraga, Gogebic, Houghon, Iron, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties who represent families showing financial need and neither natural parent graduated with a 4-year bachelor's degree.

Now, you may be asking yourself, what is it TRIO Pre-College Programs offer to participants and their families?

All expenses paid college field tripsĀ 

College field trips give students the opportunity to obtain a first hand experience by stepping foot on college campuses in Michigan, Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota. These experiences afford students the opportunity to set foot on campus, envision what it's like to be a successful college student, and allow the opportunity to find the best fit for a post high school education.

TRIO Pre-College Programs conducts services right in schools during the school day or after to best serve students needs from presentations, small group conversations, to one-on-one activities. Examples of activities include:

  • SAT preparation
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Referrals to GED completion programs

Additional services provided by TRIO Pre-College Programs include:

  • Career and academic advising
  • Administration and evaluation of career interest inventories
  • Assistance with admissions applications, accessing and understanding financial aid, and scholarship information
  • Tutoring for middle school students through mentoring program
  • Referrals to other agencies/programs

TRIO Pre-College Programs assists families of participants.

Every year our staff hosts workshops to answer questions and share knowledge about the financial aid, college application, and transitioning to postsecondary options. Staff follow up with any participant and/or their family member who seeks guidance overcoming the hurdles of accessing and succeeding in education beyond high school. There are many opportunities for our staff to be a resource of "college knowledge" and years of experience assisting people understand the often overly complicated process.

TRIO Pre-College Programs assist students and their families save money. Not only do we help with finding valuable scholarships, grants, and other means of paying for college, but we supply fee waivers.

Waivers for:

  • College applications
  • ACT and SAT tests

TRIO Pre-College Programs offers participants experiential opportunities unlike any other. Beyond college field trips, both TRIO Talent Search and TRIO Upward Bound offers students student leadership opportunities, conferences in professional settings, and TRIO Upward Bound's six-week on-campus mock college experience.

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