The Upward Bound (UB) Program is one of eight programs that make up the Federal TRIO Programs. This program is dedicated to providing academic assistance and financial support to high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The aim of the TRIO Upward Bound program is to prepare these students for college entrance and to provide continuous assistance to ensure that they perform well in college and complete their postsecondary education.
Types of Activities Supported in the UB Program
The average annual UB grant amount $321,079. These grants are funded for 5-year grant award cycles.
All UB grant-assisted programs must provide students with assistance in certain specified areas. These include:
- Advice and assistance with selecting suitable secondary or postsecondary courses.
- Appropriate academic tutoring that enables students to successfully complete secondary or postsecondary courses.
- Academic instruction in reading, writing, science, mathematics, literature, laboratory sciences, foreign languages, and composition.
- Help with the college application process and with completing and submitting college applications.
- College entrance exam prep.
- Help with understanding what Federal student aid financial programs are available, the eligibility requirements for each, and how to apply to the applicable programs.
- Information regarding private and public scholarships, their eligibility requirements, and how to apply for each.
- Assistance with enrolling into GED (general education development) programs.
- Introduction to a variety of academic programs, cultural events, and other activities that disadvantaged youth do not get access to easily.
- Exposure to work-study programs.
- Information regarding alternative academic programs available to students who have not completed secondary school.
- Financial planning advice to students’ parents.
General Upward Bound Program Requirements
All students who are accepted into the UB Program must be from disadvantaged backgrounds. This includes students from low-income families, and first generation students. Students with disabilities, homeless youths, and those in foster care are also eligible to receive assistance through this program.
In addition to the above, students must be between 13 and 19 years of age, and must have completed 8th grade.
Recommendations from social workers, local educations, or clergy are used as a basis for selecting students. Any student who thinks they are eligible for academic and financial assistance through the UB Program should contact their school’s guidance counselor to find out more details.
Requirements for Receiving Ongoing Assistance through the UB Program
Students who enter the program are required to submit an APR or Annual Performance Report to the committee. The APR should include documents and records that demonstrate that the student has made significant progress toward meeting their approved project goals.