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TRiO Upward Bound FAQ

  1. Do you need to be a high achieving student to be involved in Upward Bound?
    • No. However, you do need to demonstrate a strong interest in attending college, which means that you must have at least a GPA of 2.00 and are trying to improve.
  2. What is necessary to be involved in the HCC Upward Bound program?
    • You need to be either ‘income-eligible’ or the first in your family to graduate from college.
  3. What does Upward Bound do to prepare students for college?
    • During the school year, Upward Bound students participate in a number of activities, including tutoring after school, Saturday Sessions, college tours, as well as academic and cultural enrichment activities. Transportation is provided for all Upward Bound activities.
  4. What summer activities does the Upward Bound program have to prepare students for college?
    • During the summer, a six-week Upward Bound Summer Academy is available for students. This program provides students with the opportunity to take English, math, Spanish and science courses, attend field trips and potentially earn 2 high school credits toward graduation, or earn between 3 and 9 college credits. Transportation is provided during the Summer Academy.
  5. How much does it cost to participate in all of these activities?
    • The cost absolutely free!
  6. Where do I pick up an application?
    • You may fill out an Upward Bound application online or visit the Upward Bound coach at your high school. You may also come to the Upward Bound main office on the campus of HCC located in the Advanced Technology Center, room 207. Please call ahead of time, as we are regularly at the high schools.
  7. Why are parents required to submit financial information? Is this information passed on to other agencies? (Financial information includes tax statements, unemployment information, Social Security information, etc.)
    • Upward Bound is a federally-funded program that requires proof of eligibility, which is the reason that these documents are requested. Personal information to prove eligibility is not forwarded or shared with others. All information is completely confidential.
  8. Does participation in Upward Bound improve my child's chances of getting into college?
    • Absolutely. Over 90% of Upward Bound students are admitted to college upon their high school graduation.
  9. Are parents required to participate in Upward Bound activities?
    • Yes, Upward Bound sees college preparation as a joint partnership with parents and the schools.
  10. Does Upward Bound help students with other matters aside from college?
    • Absolutely. Staff is available to provide academic advisement, career counseling, personal counseling and to make referrals for both students and parents.