Academic Year Services

TRIO Upward Bound staff work with students throughout the academic school year to make sure they are successful in their academic endeavors at their school.

Scholastic Advising

Upward Bound Staff visit each high school to meet individually with students to discuss their academic progress. Through assessments and these school visits, Upward Bound staff work with students to develop skills that will help them be successful in both high school and education or training after graduation.


Tutoring services are available to Upward Bound participants at their high school.

ACT Preparation

ACT preparation classes help Upward Bound students perform better on the ACT exam.  Upward Bound students can take the ACT up to two times at no cost.

College Tours

To help students with the college selection process, we provide opportunities to tour various campuses and visit with staff and students to learn about different schools and the programs they offer.


Upward Bound Students are eligible to earn a monthly stipend based on their program participation which includes attending school visits, tutoring and Saturday Back to Campus events.

College Application

Upward Bound staff guide students through the various steps of the college application process.  Upward Bound pays for two college application fees.  Students also receive guidance in completing Financial Aid applications and searching for scholarships.

Saturday Back to Campus

During the academic year students meet at the BSU campus one Saturday a month to participate in academic workshops or service learning followed by social or cultural activities. Events have included BSU sporting events, tubing at Buena Vista, attending the Festival of Nations, painting pottery and more.

Mentoring Program

The mentoring program provides Upward Bound students the opportunity to meet with current college students to talk about college and student life.  Mentors lead activities at back-to-campus events, contact students on a regular basis to check on their academics, and are available to answer questions students have about college.