TRIO McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement

To provide grants for institutions of higher education to prepare participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

Participants are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential.

Institutions work closely
with participants as they complete their undergraduate requirements.

Institutions encourage participants to enroll in graduate programs and then track their progress through to the successful completion of advanced degrees.

The goal is to increase the attainment of Ph.D.

degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Saint Augustines University $ 261,888   2022-10-012023-09-30
California State University Fresno Foundation $ 314,266   2022-10-012023-09-30
Northeastern Illinois University $ 261,888   2022-10-012023-09-30
California State University, Stanislaus $ 261,887   2022-10-012023-09-30
Florida International University $ 274,979   2022-10-012023-09-30
Southern Methodist University $ 261,888   2022-10-012023-09-30
Kent State University $ 272,364   2022-10-012023-09-30
Rochester Institute Of Technology (inc) $ 261,888   2022-10-012023-09-30
Baylor University $ 261,888   2022-10-012023-09-30
University Of Central Florida Board Of Trustees, The $ 118,288   2022-10-012023-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used by the participating institution to provide eligible participants with opportunities for research and other scholarly activities; summer internships; seminars; tutoring; academic counseling; and activities designed to help students secure admission and financial assistance for graduate study.

Funds may be used for: services to improve students' financial and economic literacy, mentoring and exposure to cultural events.

At least two-thirds of the project participants must be low-income individuals who are first-generation college students.

The remaining participants may be from a group that is underrepresented in graduate education.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of higher education or combinations of institutions of higher education may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

2/3 of participants must be low-income first generation college students. The remaining participants must be students from groups underrepresented in graduate education. All participants must be enrolled in a degree program at an eligible institution of higher education.


Costs will be determined in accordance with Education Department General Administrative Regulations and the program regulations, Section 647 of the Code of Federal Regulations. OMB Circular A-21 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Develop a proposal in accordance with legislation, regulations, applications, and timetables issued by the Secretary of Education. No State plan is required. Requests for applications should be made to the Federal TRIO Program. This program is subject to the provisions of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.

Award Procedures

Nonfederal field readers evaluate new proposals on the basis of the selection criteria specified in 34 CFR 647.21. Grants are awarded by the Federal TRIO Programs office.


Not Applicable.


Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, Chapter 1 Section 402E.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 to 180 days.


The program statute requires a second review of unsuccessful applications. The Department implements the second review process in accordance with 34 CFR 647.24. An unsuccessful applicant requesting a second review must provide evidence for the Department, an agent of the Department, or a peer reviewer made a technical, administrative, or scoring error in the processing or review of its application.


Awards are for 5-year project periods. Continuation awards are made annually. Generally, continuation awards are made if sufficient funds have been appropriated and the grantee is meeting the conditions of the grant and making substantial progress toward meeting the project objectives.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Five year projects, subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees must submit an annual performance report.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports (ED 524B) are required for a project in its first year of funding.

Staff monitor grants drawdown using agency financial reports.

Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of the required annual performance report.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


In accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 75, 730, 75.731, and 75.732 and 647.32 of the program regulations.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $28,563,000; FY 17 est $43,335,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies by competition. In FY 2016, awards ranged from approximately $137,878 to $378.783; the average award was approximately $189,159.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

34 CFR 647 and Education Department General Administrative Regulations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Katie Blanding Student Service Division, Office of Postsecondary Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202)219-7138

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

For new awards, the Department will select applicants under the criteria set forth in 647.21 and 647.22 of the program regulations. Contact the program office for additional information.

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