Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to participate in Upward Bound?

Nothing — there is no cost to you.

How does a student become a participant in the upward Bound Program?

Their high school principal, counselor, or teacher(s) recommends students. Each student must:

  • Have a potential to succeed, as determined by the program.
  • Be a citizen, or permanent resident of the United States.


  • Be classified in at least one category, as follows:
    • First-generation college student (neither parent/guardian has a four year college degree).
    • Meet income guidelines.

What happens after I fill out the application?

It is reviewed by staff then an interview is set up to determine your level of commitment to the program.

What is my commitment to Upward Bound?

Students who are accepted into Upward Bound are accepted for the remainder of their high school careers provided they keep their grades up and continue to participate. We ask that students attend all Upward Bound sponsored events.  Remember, you can't get anything out of a program you don't put anything into. We promise to make an investment in your education, if you promise to invest your time and energy in Upward Bound.

If I am accepted to Upward Bound, will I be allowed to participate in extra-curriculars at my high school?

We encourage students to participate in extra-curricular activities in their high schools, whether it is sports, clubs, drama or band. Although we stress commitment to the UB program, we also realize that the best of our students are the ones who participate in various activities.

Can I work and participate in Upward Bound?

Yes, you can work, if it does not interfere with Upward Bound required activities and attendance.

What are the services UB provides?

Private weekly tutoring, instruction, counseling and academic advisement, workshops on test-taking and Basic Competency Test, and study skills, information on scholarship and financial aid availability and assistance in getting applications for college and scholarships completed, educational and cultural activities, and career guidance.

What kind of commitments must families make to the Program?

The Program would like to develop a strong working partnership with each student and his/her family. Therefore, it is important that the family unit consider the following: purpose of the Program, services provided, time commitments for the school year and summer programs, and the importance of open communication.

When is the summer program and why must students live on campus? Are students allowed to leave campus to work or visit their families during the week?

The summer program runs three weeks in June and three weeks in July. The week of the 4th of July is usually a week off. Students can leave campus for appointments only if the staff has received written notification from the parents IN ADVANCE.

Does the Program provide transportation?

The program provides transportation to sponsored events at the college campus.  Families must drop off and pick up their students at their high schools. 

Will Upward Bound pay for the student’s college education?

No, but the Program will provide advice and guidance for families on ways to make college affordable.

Why do students receive stipends?

Students receive a small amount of stipend money each month to support and recognize their commitment to the program. This is not a "paycheck" but a small token to defray the expense of a snack while at a tutorial, or lunch while on an educational field trip or Saturday Program meeting.

Will I fit in?

If you want to go to college, but don't really know all the steps it'll take to get there, then Upward Bound is for you. Our current students don't have all the answers either, but they know enough to ask questions in order to get the right answers. Also, if your grades are good, but can be better, or if they're great but you want a challenge, then you're in the right place.

Plus, our student body is a pretty open, welcoming group of young people. Unlike in the high schools, where cliques exist and certain students get singled out for being "different" or "nerdy" or "uncool," Upward Bound students vehemently refrain from that type of labeling. They realize they're all working toward the same goal; they support each other and help each other.

If I enroll in the CSB/SJU Upward Bound, does this mean I have to attend CSB/SJU once I graduate from high school?

No, not at all. While a number of our students do chose to attend CSB/SJU, it's certainly not a requirement.

What does the Program expect?

The TRiO Upward Bound Program requires a commitment from the students to:

  • Take a college prep curriculum during the academic year
  • Work hard and have a positive attitude
  • Participate in the summer program
  • Attend the after school meetings
  • Graduate from High School
  • Attend a college or university and graduate

Why is Upward Bound important?

Upward Bound is important because it generates skills and provides motivation to students to facilitate academic success in their high schools and eventually at the post secondary institution of their choice.

Can I still apply if I'm failing one or more of my classes?

Yes! Anyone can apply at anytime.

What happens if I do not get selected this year?

If you do not get selected this year and you qualify then your records will be kept on a waiting list for the next available space. We will contact you as space opens.

Is Upward Bound successful?

YES! 88% of Upward Bound graduates have entered post-secondary education. TRIO program research shows that Upward Bound students are four times more likely to earn a college degree than students from similar backgrounds who do not participate in the program.