PreCollege Programs

Definitions of the terms we use:

Permanent Resident
A non-U.S. citizen who has been given permission to make his or her permanent home in the United States, Guam, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Micronesia or Marshal Islands. The terms permanent resident and "green card holder" mean exactly the same thing.

Low-Income Individual
An individual from a family whose taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150% of an amount equal to the poverty level determined by using criteria of poverty established by the Bureau of the Census. The Federal Low-Income Levels are updated each year:

First Generation College Student (or Potential First Generation College Student)
An individual both of whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree. Or, in the case of any individual who regularly resided with and received support from only one parent, an individual whose only such parent did not complete a baccalaureate degree.

The legislation referred to as part of the Higher Education Act, as amended, authorizing the Educational Talent Search Program can be found at the following web address:

Target Schools
A target school is a middle or high school identified in writing through the grant application to the US Department of Education by UW-Whitewater PreCollege Programs. These schools were selected based on identified needs such as high school graduation and college attendance rates. Currently, Upward Bound Program has identified two schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and three schools in Racine, Wisconsin as target schools.

College Ready and Enrolled
A college ready participant is someone who is either: a high school senior; enrolled in an alternative education program whose academic level is equivalent to a high school senior; a high school graduate; or has obtained a high school equivalency certificate. A participant that is enrolled is someone that has completed the registration requirements and who has started attending classes.

Accountability - What you and the US Department of Education will see:

School Promotion
Non-senior secondary participants will be promoted to the next grade level at the end of the academic school year.

Secondary School Graduation
High school seniors (or their equivalents) will graduate or receive a certificate of equivalency each year.

Student Financial Aid
"College ready" participants will apply for financial aid each year.

Postsecondary Education Application for Admission
"College ready" participants will apply to postsecondary school each year.

Postsecondary Enrollment
"College ready" participants will enroll in a program of postsecondary school education each year.