Friday, December 16, 2011

TRIO funding set by Congress for next year; webnars will be available

December 15, 2011

Dear TRIO Colleagues:

Today, Congress introduced its final agreement for the FY 2012 appropriations, which includes a $13.4 million increase for TRIO over last year’s appropriation ($826.5 million), for a total funding level of $839.9 million. Limited information is available about specific funding for all higher education programs at this time, but it is our understanding that GEAR UP took a slight cut and, while the maximum Pell Grant was maintained at $5,550, Congress instituted several cost-saving measures to achieve this, such as reducing eligibility.

While we regret that Congress did not fully embrace the $920.1 million (or 8%) increase recommended by President Obama, we take heart in knowing that this bill will provide funding for approximately 40 Upward Bound and McNair programs that otherwise would have been lost next year. COE wishes to acknowledge the strong support of our allies in the House of Representatives, most notably Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Gwen Moore (D-WI), and Bobby Scott (D-VA), who fought hard to achieve increased funding.

Thank you for everything you did to realize this goal.


Arnold Mitchem


Dear TRIO Community:

COE has recorded the two webinars in conjunction to the Upward Bound grant application: Upward Bound Objectives and Competitive Preference Priorities that are now available for COE members only.

If interested in the recordings, please email me at It may take up to 48 hours to process your request. We thank you for your patience.

Please note: we will not be taking any requests for these webinars between December 21 and Jan 3. We will begin to take requests again after Jan. 3.


Angelica Vialpando
Director, New Programs and Services

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