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Eligibility Requirements and Services

Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS) are preparatory programs funded by the US Department of Education. We assist eligible students to prepare for successful entry into college. Upward Bound/UBMS are federal TRIO programs and are provided at no cost to families. The following are eligibility requirements and information on academic year services. 


Eligibility Requirements:

  • In grades 9 through 11
  • Are low-income AND/OR neither parent has earned a four-year college degree
  • A U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or can verify intent to become a permanent resident
  • Intend to pursue a four-year college degree


Academic Year Services:

  • Academic advising and tutoring
  • Course and career planning assistance
  • Preparation for the ACT exam
  • Cultural, social and enrichment activities
  • College visits
  • Financial and economic literacy
  • Assistance with college applications, scholarships and financial aid
  • Monthly participation stipends


Math and Science: Keys to Success

According to the National Science Foundation, among developed nations, the U.S. performed below the average in both math and science literacy. In 2003, U.S. 15-year-olds were outperformed by students in 20 other developed countries in mathematics, and outperformed by 15 other developed countries in science.

In the U.S. specifically, math and science performances also differed according to family income. At each grade level, students from low-income families had substantially lower test scores in both math and science. Low-income students were three times less likely to score at or above the proficient level for their grade level in math and science.

Innovation is key to our future success as a nation. And math and science are keys to that innovation. In order to stay competitive in the global marketplace of ideas and technology, the U.S. needs to do more to answer the problem of our plummeting math and science scores.

 Upward Bound/UBMS is doing just that!

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