Who is eligible for Upward Bound?

Three of the basic eligibility requirements for participation in the Upward Bound Program include:

  1. The family taxable income must fall within a certain range (variable depending on the size of the family).
  2. The parents do not have a 4-year college degree. (Students do not necessarily have to meet both criteria in order to participate in the program.) As mandated by congress, two-thirds of the students served must come from families with lower incomes, where neither parent graduated from college.
  3. The students are in grades 9-12 and attend one of the following four high schools (St. Cloud Apollo High School, St. Cloud Technical High School, Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, or Willmar High School).

In addition, the applicant must:

  • Show potential for college work.
  • Be motivated to succeed in high school as well as college.
  • Make the commitment to the program that he/she will be in Upward Bound throughout his/her high school career.
  • Have a desire to complete a college degree.