Longhorn Link Program (LLP) – TRiO
The Longhorn Link Program
—Student Support Services— is a federally funded TRiO program. This program is funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The University of Texas at Austin was awarded initial funding in the fall of 2001.
The program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their post-secondary education. The goal of the Longhorn Link Program is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.
Individuals must be admitted to The University of Texas at Austin and meet one or more of the following requirements. Students also need to demonstrate an academic need for assistance.
- Low-income student (Meet the income criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education.)
- First-generation student (Neither parent has received a four-year degree.)
- Student with a disability (Must be registered with Services for Students with Disabilities.)
By the numbers
- The Longhorn Link program serves 160 students total every year.
- First-year Longhorn Link participants achieved a 3.06 GPA for the 2013-2014 academic year and had a 93% retention rate.
- 12 Longhorn Link participants studied abroad this past academic year in locations such as China, London, South Africa and other countries.
- 14 first-year Longhorn Link participants received Academic Excellence Awards of either $1,500 or $1,000 in addition to their financial aid package for maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher and completing 30 hours of coursework before August 31, 2014.