Upward Bound Program (UB)
Who is eligible for the Upward Bound Program?
Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident that is currently in grades 9th or 10th at one of the target schools that is interested in pursuing higher education through a technical or four-year college degree. Participants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better. Applicants that are first generation or low income and are in 9th grade will receive priority placement.
Who pays for the activities provided by the Upward Bound Program?
The Upward Bound Program is funded by a grant through the US Department of Education. This grant follows the legislation provided by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (Title IV). Its success helped support the creation of Educational Opportunity Centers, Veterans Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math/Science in 1972; the Training Program in 1976; the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program in 1986, and the TRIO Dissemination Project in 1998. All of these programs make up what we call "TRiO" programs. This legislation defines participant eligibility, funding levels, documentation rules, and uses for the monies provided. The Higher Education Act is renewed every six years; therefore, funding levels and other issues can be reflected by the current administration.
What can I expect from the Upward Bound Program?
You can expect that a highly qualified professional will assist you with your academic and career goals. Our staff members have extensive backgrounds and training in educational and social issues that impact the success of students. We use this knowledge to provide creative programming, intrusive advising, and innovative experiences that will prepare you for higher education. We will be there to assist you in your current academic endeavors as well as preparing you for the future by assisting with college applications and navigating the financial aid process. If we have "insider information" we will give it to you, if you need deadline dates, we will get them for you, and if you need a sounding board to explore your options, we will be there for you.
What does Upward Bound Program expect from me?
Should you choose to apply for the program, we expect that means you have a strong desire to enter post secondary education and you will commit to this purpose. We ask that you complete all paper work needed in a timely manner as that assists us in maximizing dollars for your experience. We ask that you participate in Saturday Colleges, after school study centers, a six-week summer residential camp, and other activities provided by the program. We will come visit you in the schools, so we hope you come filled with questions and updates about your education. Finally, we ask that you involve your family in your success whenever possible; building a wide and strong educational support system will be the key to your success. Please remember YOUR legacy begins today; it is for you to choose the direction.