Frequently Asked Questions
Upward Bound accepts students who:
- Attend one of the following high schools with which the Program works.
- Are enrolled in their freshmen or sophomore year
- Have a demonstrated academic need
- Possess the ability and desire to pursue education after high school
- Come from families where parents/guardians did not graduate from college.
How and when do participants get services?
- Students attend meetings at their high schools for two hours each month. These meetings are focused on study-skill and academic-skill development and tutoring.
- A program counselor visits each student at their high schools several times a year for individual consultations.
- Students participate in all-day programs at University Park on six Saturdays during the academic year. Transportation and meals are provided.
- A six-week residential program is held on the University Park campus. Participants experience life in a college residence hall, take academic courses, visit numerous college campuses, and participate in a variety of educational, recreational, and social activities.
What does Upward Bound expect of its participants?
- Enroll in challenging college-prep courses in high school.
- Maintain at least a “C” grade in all academic courses.
- attend all Upward Bound meetings at their school and Attend the Upward Bound Saturday Programs at University Park. (Absences for school-related activities are excused).
- Register for and take the PSAT and SAT before the program's deadline.
- Apply to Penn State and other colleges before the program's deadline.
- Submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) financial aid application to the Upward Bound counselor before the program's deadline.
- Attend Upward Bound's six-week summer program.
What are the benefits of participating in Upward Bound?
- Academic and career counseling
- Advising related to course-scheduling
- Information about careers and colleges
- Help in defining personal and career goals
- Study development/enrichment skills
- SAT preparation and test-prep
- Fee waivers for the, PSAT, SAT, ACT, and college applications
- Cultural and recreational opportunities Opportunities to meet students from other high schools and backgrounds
- Visits to college campuses
- Stipends for those who meet program requirements and attend Saturday programs
- Assistance with completing college applications
- Financial aid information
- Help for parents/guardians and students in completing financial aid applications
- Assistance in identifying alternative scholarship sources
- Summer opportunities for strengthening leadership and independent living skills
- Summer classes, field trips, workshops, activities
- Weekly stipend money for participating in summer session
- Summer bridge program that enables a few qualified program graduates to earn 6 Penn States credits during the summer after they graduate