Program Eligibility

Prospective Students

  • Students may apply to the Central College Upward Bound (UB) program during their 9th, 10th or 11th grade year of high school. An informational recruiting meeting occurs in each target school, followed by an application and interview process with specified deadlines.
  • All applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.* (* Applicants with a cumulative grade point average between a 2.0-2.5 may be reviewed on an individual basis.)
  • Applicants must also be members of families that meet current year federal income guidelines and/or be among the “first generation” in their family to go to college (A “first generation” student is defined as one who does not live with a parent who has graduated from a four-year college with a baccalaureate degree).
  • Upward Bound seeks applicants who have the potential, but lack support to pursue a post-secondary education.

See your school counselor for more information or call 1-800-527-4047.

The United States Department of Education requires each Upward Bound program to select two thirds of program participants from families whose taxable income does not exceed federal income guidelines annually and are first generation students. The remaining one-third of program participants selected must qualify under the income guidelines OR be first generation in their family to attend college. A student who does not qualify in either criteria is ineligible to participate in Upward Bound.

Central College Upward Bound is 100% funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) in the amount of $583,461.