Trio is helping communities across the country launch innovative, low-cost, flexible degree programs. 


The current higher education system is not designed to help all students succeed.

Americans have left college without a degree

average years taken to earn an associate degree

average student debt for a bachelor's degree

We live in a world where talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not.

- Paul LeBlanc

President, Southern New Hampshire University


A hybrid model for college that 

puts students first.

An Innovative Solution

A "hybrid college" pairs flexible and affordable online degree programs with robust in-person support, delivering significantly better graduation and career outcomes at a much lower cost.

Across the country, a small but growing group of hybrid college sites have dramatically improved learning, graduation, and career outcomes for students.

Trio is advancing the movement by creating a network of hybrid colleges led by local community members.

Image by Charles DeLoye

A Growing National Movement

Across the country, a growing number of hybrid colleges have achieved:


Lower cost of tuition


Faster times to completion


Higher graduation rates

Can These New Colleges Help Solve Higher Education's Equity Problem?

A Small Nonprofit's Big Remedy For The Plagues Of Today's College Students

Amid a global pandemic, could we innovate to find more equality through higher education?


Help bring a proven model to new communities.

Trio helps communities make this model available by providing:

  • Access to a site license

  • Matched seed funding

  • Support for local coalition building

  • Recruitment and training for a new site leader

  • Incubation for new site launches and management of early site operations

Local leaders who partner with the Trio Alliance can:

  • Bring this innovative model to serve their students 

  • Co-design the program

  • Join a national network at the leading edge of the hybrid college field

  • Build a long-term locally-managed and led community site