Apply to TRiO

Our program has an “always open” application link. While we review most applications in the spring (for entrance the following fall semester), we also look at applications in the winter (for spring semester consideration).

If interested, you can apply online. After submitting your application, you should receive an email from the TRiO Scholars Program confirming our receipt of your application.

Before you submit your application, please review the information below.

TRiO program eligibility

The TRiO Scholars Program serves undergraduate students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • First generation: Neither parent has graduated from a four-year college or university (students whose parents earned a college degree in another country, unfortunately, are not considered first generation)… OR/AND
  • Income-qualified: Determined from evaluating federal taxable income information (see below for more information on income)… OR/AND
  • Have a documented disability.

Applicants must also meet both of the following requirements:

  • Academic need: Determined by a variety of academic and admissions criteria
  • U.S. citizen (or eligible non-citizen/resident alien): Unfortunately, at this moment, we are unable to serve DACA students.

(Note: 2/3 of our students must be both first generation and income qualified; therefore, decisions on whom we bring in to the program will take this 2/3 formula into consideration.)

Submit an application to TRiO

Income information

The term “income qualified” or "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount. Please note that taxable income is different from gross income. These two amounts are listed separately on income tax forms. This link will provide you with the information necessary to determine if you are income qualified based on the number of individuals in your family and corresponding taxable income.

Federal TRIO Programs: Current-Year Low-Income Levels

Documents you need to apply

Eligibility verification will be requested once your application has been pre-screened. These documents will only be necessary AFTER your application has been reviewed and a secondary email is sent to you.

Signature page

When we request a signature page, please download the following page and print out a copy to be signed. Please note that both dependent students and independent students will sign this form.

Signature Page

Tax information

When requested, you will need to provide a copy of your parents' taxes (dependent students) or your taxes (independent students). We only need pages 1 & 2 from the 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ. Copies can be submitted, but they must show that the taxes were signed.  The signature page and tax documents can be turned in to our office (Pennington Student Achievement Center, Suite 450) or faxed to (775) 784-1353. (After your application has been reviewed and a secondary email is sent to you).


You will be asked to provide a copy of your latest transcript (high school or college). This transcript can be an official or unofficial copy.


All TRiO applicants will be required to submit a brief essay based on prompts provided in the application. Once you begin your application (by clicking on the “Submit an Application to TRiO” link above), you will be provided with more information.

Test scores (incoming first-year students only)

All incoming first-year students (who will be attending University of Nevada, Reno for the first time) will be required to provide their latest ACT or SAT scores.