Both are federal TRIO programs designed to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and to assist students with making the transition from one level of higher education to the next.
It is supplemental advising. It does not replace advising provided by one of the official advising offices.
The term “first generation college student” means:
The UB Program provides comprehensive services to high school students, recognizes that every student is unique, and uses an individualized approach in working with them and their parent/legal guardian. The commitment from the UB Program is lengthy – starting at the time the student enters the program throughout high school, college, and beyond. The UB staff works with students individually and in small groups to address their needs. Also, students are encouraged and supported in their efforts to reach their academic potential, to learn from others and their cultures, and to identify and meet realistic goals. Students benefit from the receipt of the following:
Each fall, the Program Coordinator conducts an informational session where students receive a program overview, academic expectations, and an application packet. Since recruitment only occurs once a year, it is essential for the application and required supporting documentation to be returned by the established deadline date. All students who apply will receive a written response as to their application status.
Upward Bound, by federal regulations, must have proof that a family meets the low-income financial guidelines.
Students are selected based on the approved program application, an interview with the Program Coordinator, and available program slots. Please note that it is mandatory for all students to meet either the federal income guidelines or first-generation status requirements for program consideration. If admitted to the UB program, students and their parent(s)/legal guardian are required to attend a New student orientation (failure to attend will forfeit your acceptance). Following the New Student Orientation, students will begin active participation in the program.
Students who did not receive an acceptance letter may be placed on a waiting list and will receive notification when an opening becomes available. Please note that some students will receive a rejection letter due to not having met the federal income guidelines or academic requirements. These students can reapply the following year.
During the school year, students receive:
During the Summer Residential Program, students receive the services provided during the school year in addition to:
No. The UB Program provides resources and assistance in helping students and their parent(s)/legal guardian locate financial resources to aid them in paying for their postsecondary education. For example, but not limited to, filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).