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Program eligibility

The TRiO Scholars and TRIO STEM Scholars programs have similar - yet separate - eligibility requirements. Learn more about these requirements below by expanding each item below.

  • TRiO Scholars

    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, AND/OR
    • *Income-qualified: Determined from evaluating federal taxable income information, OR
    • Have a documented disability
    • Academic need: Determined by a variety of academic and admissions criteria
    • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen/resident alien: At this moment we are unable to serve DACA students.

    *2/3 of our students must be both first-generation and income qualified.

  • TRIO STEM Scholars

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

    • *First generation: Neither parent has graduated from a four-year college or university, AND/OR
    • *Income-qualified: Determined from evaluating federal taxable income information, OR
    • Have a documented disability
    • Must be pursuing STEM- or health-related sciences
    • Academic need: Determined by a variety of academic and admissions criteria
    • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen/resident alien: At this time, we are unable to serve DACA students.

    *2/3 of our students must be both first-generation and income qualified.

 

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

 

Required documents

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.

Tax information

When requested, you will need to provide a copy of the most recent documentation of your parents' taxes (dependent students) or your taxes (independent students). We only need pages 1 and 2 from the 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ. Copies can be submitted, but they must show that the taxes were physically signed. 

Signature page

We require all applicants to complete our signature page. This form lets us know that you are aware of your first-generation status, your dependent/independent status, and that you are in agreement that our staff will review your application in good faith in order to determine if you would be a good fit for our programs. 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 initial application has been reviewed and a secondary email is sent to you).

Signature page

Transcript

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.

Essay

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 “Apply to TRiO" link below), 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.

Questions

For any questions regarding the application process we encourage you to please contact the First Generation Student Center office (775)784-6044.

 

Ready to 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.

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