Gwen Moore

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Gwen Moore

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Support Funding for Federal TRIO Programs in FY2021


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Current signers: Moore, Smith, Payne, Jr, Hartzler, Kind, Sewell, Gallego, Veasey, McGovern, Casten, Neal, Nadler, DelBene, Lee, Stevens, Sablan, Thompson, DeFazio, Wild, Schrier, Yarmuth, Bonamici, Carson, Kuster, Kim, Jayapal, Long, Foster, Larsen,
Hastings, Smith, Young, Bustos, Fitzpatrick, Beatty, DeSaulnier

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join us in signing the bipartisan letter below encouraging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to include a significant increase in funding for Federal TRIO Programs.

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation
college students, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects.

In 2019, approximately 730,000 students and veterans benefited from the academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports provided by TRIO. However, this is 100,000 fewer students than they did just a decade ago.

Given the great needs of our low-income students, veterans, and students with disabilities as well as our own desire to boost our domestic economy by creating a skilled, college-educated workforce,
we hope that you will join us in this effort to secure increased funds for TRIO in FY 2021 and ensure that this program remains intact.

Thank you for your continued commitment to higher education and TRIO programs.



Gwen Moore                     Christopher H. Smith              Donald M. Payne,  Jr.         Vicky Hartzler

Member of Congress       Member of Congress             Member of Congress         Member of Congress



February XX, 2020

Dear Chair DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole:


We write to thank you for your strong support of the Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) and to request that you provide a robust increase for these programs in the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill. For the
last several years, your Subcommittee has provided historic levels of support for the TRIO programs and the low-income, first-generation students they serve. As you prepare your FY 2021 appropriations bill, we ask that once again you prioritize the academic,
financial, and social supportive services provided by TRIO so that even more students can benefit from these life-changing programs.

TRIO works to ensure that all students have equal access to a college education and provides the support necessary to successfully prepare for, persist in, and graduate from higher education programs. Nationally, students from the lowest-income families
earn college degrees at a rate that is five times lower than students from the highest income families (11% vs. 58%). Thanks to the TRIO programs, many low-income and first-generation students are able to change this trajectory and chart a new path for their
families in a single generation. By earning postsecondary degrees, these students are able to achieve the increased earning power that allows them to repay student debts and to pursue their chosen careers.

During FY 2021, the Department of Education will host the next grant competitions for:

TRIO’s Talent Search and Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) programs. Each of these programs provides pre-college assistance for students who would become the first people in their families to earn a college degree.

The Talent Search program works with students in middle and high school to provide early exposure to the college and financial aid application processes. More specifically, the program provides hands-on support by ensuring that students
engage in a college preparatory curriculum, prepares students for college entrance examinations, helps students find scholarships and other financial aid, and helps students select the best colleges to suit their needs and fulfill their aspirations.
According to the most recent data collected by the U.S. Department of Education, students who participated in Talent Search enrolled in postsecondary education immediately following graduation at a rate that far exceeded that of low-income
high school seniors who did not take part in the program (80% vs. 58%). However, Talent Search is only able to reach a fraction of the eligible population of low-income, potential first-generation college-goers.

Educational Opportunity Centers provide similar services to those noted above. However, the EOC program generally focuses on adult learners, including low-wage or displaced workers. EOC works with clients to provide assistance in college (re-)entry, thereby
addressing the challenges faced by students who have dropped out of high school or college. Quite often, EOC clients turn to pursue higher education as a means of enhancing their families’ economic viability.
Recent analysis of EOC performance data found that more than half (57.6%) of “college-ready” students enrolled in institutions of higher learning and 71% of eligible EOC participants (high school seniors, postsecondary dropouts, etc.)
applied to college. Unfortunately, EOC also serves only a fraction of eligible low-wage or displaced workers or high school dropouts.

We appreciate the Committee’s continued and increased investment in TRIO in recent years. Given its proven success and the ever-present need to address higher education access, affordability, and completion, we respectfully request your support of a robust
funding increase for TRIO in FY 2021.

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