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Upward Bound is an academic program which assists a diverse population of motivated low-income and first generation students to achieve their goals of reaching and succeeding in post-secondary education. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.

Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.

Upward Bound provides academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, work-study programs, education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; and programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless, students who are in foster care or are aging out of foster care system or other disconnected students.

Through ongoing professional development, TRiO Upward Bound Program staff creates and implements comprehensive services and opportunities which foster student growth through academic and cultural enrichment, social interaction, and service to others.

Upward Bound Programs - Upward Bound, Upward Bound Migrant and Upward Bound Math and Science, are offered through federal grants totaling $1,094,903 annually through fiscal year 2022 through the U.S. Department of Education, with facilities and administrative support provided by The Pennsylvania State University.