Federally Funded Program by the U.S. Department of Education


Available to eligible undergraduate students of all majors

Program Services: Tutoring, Counseling, Academic Coaching and more! 


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Helping students succeed since 2001

Once in TRiO, always in TRiO!


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Eligibility Criteria


TRiO participants must be a citizen or national of the United States or meet the residency requirements for federal student financial assistance. Participants must also be BOTH:


1. A currently enrolled or accepted TAMIU student in need of academic support


2. An individual who is low-income, first-generation and/or with a documented disability



According to the Department of Education (2021), a first-generation student is defined as:


1. A student neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree;


2. A student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one parent and whose supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree;


3. An individual who, prior to the age of 18, did not regularly reside with or receive support from a natural or an adoptive parent.

Services & Benefits

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Academic Tutoring

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Academic Coaching

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Early Registration & Class Scheduling

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Summer Scholarships

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Job Shadowing & Leadership Opportunities

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And much more!

Application Process

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1. Complete PDF Application

Fill in a simple application and submit via email

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2. Participate in an Informal Interview

Join in a relaxed interview to get to know you better

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3. Sign other required Paperwork

Swing by our office and get other paperwork signed

Applications accepted all year-round


Application Priority deadlines

Fall/Spring/Summer: Two weeks before first class day

TRio Staff

Leticia Cruz

Program Director
Leticia Cruz, M.A.

25+ Years of Academic Work Experience
First-Generation College Graduate
Fun Fact: "Loves Rod Stewart and Cindy Lauper"

Ana Manrique

Professional Counselor
Ana Manrique, M.A.

5+ Years of Counseling Experience
First-Generation College Graduate
Fun Fact: "I love Zumba"

Vanessa Almaraz

Administrative Associate
Vanessa Almaraz, M.A.

10+ Years of Academic Work Experience
First-Generation College Graduate
Fun Fact: "Loves Harry Potter and is a Ravenclaw"



TRiO offers FREE individual or group tutoring to all program student participants 

Quality tutoring is available in a variety of subjects, including:

English, History, Math, Science and most college level courses!

Meet Our Tutors

Lissette Montemayor

Lissette Montemayor

Major: Communication

Favorite Subject: Playwriting Workshop

Ariana Garza

Ariana Garza

Major: Biology

Favorite Subject: Principles of Biology I

Jesus Mendiola Herrera

Jesus Mendiola Herrera

Major: Mathematics

Favorite Subject: Advanced Calculus


TRiO tutors are selected based on their strong academic background as well as through an application process involving an interview with the TRiO staff. 



Tutoring can be an important key to establishing basic study skills and surviving challenging courses. In fact, many TRiO graduates credit our tutoring to their academic success!


Please contact the TRiO office for more information about tutor availability.



TRiO provides engagement opportunities through on-campus events,

academic conferences and other social gatherings


Read more about each opportunity below


The STAR Club is involved in numerous community service projects throughout the academic year and are very active in TAMIU campus activities. Every TRiO Program participant is automatically invited to join the club and invited to join in all of the club's activities. The club also hosts several fundraiser during the school year and awards scholarships to qualified program and club participants at the end of each academic year. 


2021-2022 STAR Club Officers

President: Mitzy Juarez
Vice President: Ashley Michelle Peña
Secretary: Joycelynn Hernandez
Treasurer: Vacant
Risk Manager: David Banda


 TAMIU Halloween Festival

Halloween Fest Student Posing  Students posing in front of halloween tent   Student in halloween make up posing with basket 

 Christmas Dinner

 Students sitting in tables in a Christmas party  Christmas tree with group of students in front 

 Donations - TAMIU Food Pantry

 Carts filled with food cans 


UnidosUS Annual Conference

The UnidosUS Annual Conference is the largest gathering of its kind in the Hispanic community, serving as the meeting ground for over 23,000 community organization leaders, activists, and volunteers; elected and appointed officials; members of the corporate, philanthropic, and academic communities; senior citizens; college students; and youth.

Future Changemakers is a pathway that brings together hundreds of college students to exchange ideas and learn about issues affecting their communities, such as higher education, career development, financial literacy, and advocacy. The event nurtures leadership development through hands-on workshops and provides an avenue for youth to network and meet students from across the nation. The 2019 UnidosUS Conference was held in San Diego, California August 3-6. The 2020 and 2021 UnidosUS Conference was held virtually due to the COVID Pandemic. 


20th Annual Awards Dinner

TRiO's annual awards dinner was held on August 28, 2021 in the Student Center Ballroom; the year's theme was 20th Anniversary. During the awards dinner, the students and alumni are acknowledged for their active participation in TRiO, STAR Club, and for their academic achievement. 


Awards dinner group picture with students in costume


TAMIU University Life Awards

Advisors and members of the STAR Club attended the University Life Awards Banquet. 


Banquet with staff advisors and three students


Graduation & Cording Ceremony

TAMIU TRiO Graduation medals are given out to the graduating seniors during the University College Honor Cord Ceremony and are worn during the graduating ceremonies.  


Nine medals arranged in a semi circle


Dusty Camps - Freshman Orientations

Every summer, TAMIU holds several Dusty Camps that help new incoming freshmen learn everything about TAMIU. During these Dusty Camps, all offices have an opportunity to speak to students to provide more information at the Resource Fair hosted by the SOLE office.  

Staff member with Dusty Mascot   Staff member in a stare down with Dusty Mascot


Frequently Asked Questions

Funded through a Discretionary/Competitive Grant from the U. S. Department of Education, the TRiO Program provides opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and motivates students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of TRiO is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants.

Services include:

  • Academic support and guidance.
  • Tutoring - one-on-one or small groups. 
  • Workshops - topics include study abroad, graduate school financial literacy, financial aid (assistance with scholarship searchers), career services (including resume assistance and interviewing skills). 
  • Campus engagement/connections.
  • Social enrichment events including plays and/or dance performances.
  • "Grade Watchers" - Tutors
Yes! All services provided by the TRiO Program are absolutely free.
The TRiO application is simple! Complete the TRiO application, provide income verification- such as IRS 1040 (Parents and Student), and demonstrate academic need.

Students who have a documented disability must provide verification from the Office of Student Counseling and Disability Services.
Once accepted into the TRiO Program, participants remain in the program until they graduate from TAMIU or transfer to another college or university.
No, once accepted you do not have to reapply.
No, you are not a first-generation student and do not qualify for the program.
Yes, you are a first-generation student because your parent(s) do not have a baccalaureate degree.
Visit our office in the second floor of the Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall suite 208, or call us at 956.326.2718, or email the program director at leticia.cruz@tamiu.edu or TRiO's counselor at anak.manrique@tamiu.edu
We are located in the second floor of Dr. Billy F. Cowart suite 208.
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Late office hours are available only by appointment.


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Zaffirini Student Center (ZSC) 222

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(956) 326-2718

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Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

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