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TRIO’s mission is to support low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities with their educational plans from high school to post-baccalaureate programs. To achieve this mission, TRIO provides an atmosphere of creativity and belonging where students are nurtured and supported in achieving academic excellence that leads to college graduation and career endeavors. Our students are developed to become critical thinkers, leaders, and effective communicators who are prepared for living and working in a global world. UIC is home to two TRIO programs: Student Support Services (SSS) Program and Upward Bound (UB) Program.