TRIO Programs serves the same vulnerable populations that rely on safety net programs such as Head Start, Food Stamps, and Medicaid. As a result of these draconian cuts, TRIO has been gutted of more than seventy million dollars since 2005. As a result of this loss, approximately 88,000 fewer low income, potential first generation college students, including adult (GED) learners, military veterans, and students with disabilities will be served. With the sequester in 2013, TRIO is due to receive another cut of nearly forty four million which means beginning this summer, the total number of TRIO students lost will swell to approximately 128,000.
Funding in TRIO is not Government waste or extravagance, but a vital investment in our nation's future. By educating our least advantaged students, we not only build self esteem in them as individuals, we are bolstering our economy, building stronger communities, and shoring up our nation's global competitiveness.
We shouldn't balance the budget on the backs of our neediest citizens!