Program Eligibility Requirements

Prior to submitting either an online OR paper application, please review TRiO ETS's student commitment and program requirements to determine student and family eligibility for the program.

If you have any questions regarding student commitments and/or eligibility requirements, contact our office.

Program participants and students interested in joining our program will commit to the following: 

  • Submit a completed TRiO ETS application
  • Submit requested documentation and necessary information to ETS staff
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher throughout program involvement
  • Show interest in pursuing a post-secondary beyond high school
  • Agrees to participate in program activities and services
  • Currently attend one of our three target schools:
    • Desert Hot Springs High School (DHSHS)
    • Desert Springs Middle School (DSMS)
    • Painted Hills Middle School (PHMS)
  • Maintain good academic standing (minimum 2.5 GPA)
  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident*
    • * To the extent permitted by the P3 waiver authority through the Department of Education and the California Higher Education Collaborative, effective immediately the TRIO ETS program can waive the citizenship eligibility requirement through September 2026.

The student's family (parent(s)/legal guardian(s) meet the following Department of Education guidelines: 

  • Family educational requirements: 
    • The student is a first-generation student (neither parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have received a four-year college degree)
  • Meet the Department of Education's income guidelines and family educational requirements:

Federal TRiO Programs
Current-Year Low-Income Levels

(Effective January 19, 2023 until further notice) 
Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States,
D.C. and Outlying Jurisdictions
Alaska Hawaii
1 $21,870 $27,315 $25,155
2 $29,580 $36,960 $34,020
3 $37,290 $46,605 $42,885
4 $45,000 $56,250 $51,750
5 $52,710 $65,895 $60,615
6 $60,420 $75,540 $69,480
7 $68,130 $85,185 $78,345
8 $75,840 $94,830 $87,210

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $7,710 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $9,645 for Alaska; and $8,865 for Hawaii.

The term "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.

The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register on January 19, 2023 and are effective as of January 19, 2023.