Participants must be Luther College students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents eligible for federal financial aid. They must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

The Luther College TRIO Achievement Program is currently funded to serve at least 165 students. Federal regulations require that at least 2/3 of the participants be both first generation and low income or have a documented disability. Due to the level of interest in the program by eligible students, compared to the limited space available, most participants are accepted during their first year at Luther.