Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
and Program Overview

What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound (UB) is a federally funded TRiO program for students who are interested in post-secondary education after graduation from high school. During the school year, students attend monthly academic sessions.  During the summer, students live on Tuskegee University’s campus and participate in a full schedule of academic, social, and cultural activities for six weeks.  During the school and summer sessions, students will also receive personal and academic counseling, assistance with financial aid and college admission applications, preparation for the ACT, SAT and ACT fee waiver, will visit college campuses, and be exposed to professional careers and mentors.

Who may apply?

Only students whose goal it is to obtain a college degree and who are not a discipline problem at school need apply.  Students wishing to apply must meet the following 5 criteria:

  1. Be a U. S. citizen, permanent resident, or in the U. S. for other than a temporary reason and provide evidence of their intent to become a permanent resident.
  2. Be from a low-income family (as determined by TAXABLE income) AND/OR be a potential first-generation college student (neither parent has a 4-year degree).
  3. Have a  grade point average of 2.5 ( on a 4.0 scale) for the most recent school year for which grade point averages are available; or Have not completed pre-algebra, or geometry by the end of grade eight, and ( in cases in which students are recruited early during grade nine) are not taking algebra or geometry in grade nine.
  4. Be enrolled in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade, AND attend one of the following high schools:
    • Booker T. Washington  High School, Tuskegee, Alabama
    • Loachapoka High School, Loachapoka, Alabama
    • Notasulga High School, Notasulga, Alabama
    • Russell County High School, Seale, Alabama
  5. Be willing and able to participate in all scheduled program services and activities, unless a qualifying school activity prevents one from doing so.  This includes attending the Saturday sessions during the school year and the six- week residential program each summer.

What is the “Bridge” program?

Students who remain in the Upward Bound Program and graduate from high school may "bridge" into college the summer following graduation. UB will pay for 6 hours of tuition,
fees, books, room and board. Bridge students are still a part of UB and will continue to participate in all trips, services and activities that do not interfere with their college classes. Tutors and study labs are provided to ensure that each student "bridges" successfully. 

How much does Upward Bound Cost?

All services and activities are provided FREE of cost to all eligible participants.  UB spends $4,463 per student every year.  The only cost to the student is to follow the rules and remain committed to the program until graduation from high school.  The only cost to the parents/guardians is their cooperation and support.

How do I apply?

You may request an application from your school counselor or download an application from our website at  Completed applications must be returned to the UB office by mail or hand delivered. Make sure you do not give income verification information  (remove from packet) when requesting school counselor, teacher recommendations).

I’ve completed and turned in my application, now what?

UB staff will review all applications to determine eligibility. Once eligibility has been established, students will be selected based on need. Those selected will be required to, with at least one parent/guardian, meet with a staff person to discuss the program goals and requirements. Students not selected will be notified by mail. If he/she is eligible but not selected because the program is full, he/she will be placed on a waiting list. As openings become available, students will be selected from the waiting list based on need.