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To participate in the TRIO Talent Search Program students must:

  • Be enrolled at either Oceanside High School or El Camino High School
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Be first-generation college bound (natural and/or adoptive parent student resides with has not completed a baccalaureate degree) and/or
  • Meet the following family income levels determined by the U.S. Department of Education
Federal TRIO Programs
Current-Year Low-Income Levels
(Effective January 18, 2018 until further notice)
Size of Family Unit Taxable Income
1 $18,210
2 $24,690
3 $31,170
4 $37,650
5 $44,130
6 $50,610
7 $57,090
8 $63,570
Per federal guidelines two-thirds of participants selected must meet both income guidelines and first generation eligibility criteria.

TRIO Talent Search Program is made possible by a federal grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education and in collaboration with California State University San Marcos, Oceanside High School and El Camino High School.