Have questions? Here are some frequently asked questions about our program.
Is Upward Bound a Summer Program?
Upward Bound has a summer component, but the program is year-round. Students who want to be a part of the Upward Bound JCSU program must be willing to commit to attending all year--the academic year and the summer components.
If I don't live with a parent, does that parent have to sign my application?
Only the parent you currently live with AND who claims you on their taxes have to sign your application. However, if a parent doesn't live with you but claims you on their taxes, then we will also need their information and signature on the application.
What is the application deadline?
We accept students from September 1st through March 31st.
How much does it cost to attend Upward Bound?
Nothing — there is no cost to you.
What are the qualifications for becoming an Upward Bound participant?
A student must be a rising 9th-12th grader.
They must attend a CMS school and be classified in at least one category, as follows:
First-generation college student (neither parent/guardian has a four year college degree).
Meet low income guidelines.
What happens after I complete and return the application?
It is reviewed by staff then an interview is set up to determine your level of commitment to the program.
What is my commitment to the Upward Bound program?
Students who are accepted into Upward Bound are accepted for the remainder of their high school careers provided they keep their grades up and continue to participate. We ask that students attend all Upward Bound sponsored events. Remember, you can't get anything out of a program you don't put anything into. We promise to make an investment in your education, if you promise to invest your time and energy in Upward Bound.
As an Upward Bound student, can I also participate in school or extra-curricular activities?
We encourage students to participate in extra-curricular activities in their high schools, whether it is sports, clubs, drama or band, as long as it doesn't severely interfere with a student's attendance and participation in the Upward Bound program.
Can I work and still participate in Upward Bound?
Yes, you can work, if it does not interfere with Upward Bound required activities and attendance.
What kind of commitments must families make to the program?
The Program would like to develop a strong working partnership with each student and his/her family. Therefore, it is important that the family unit consider the following: purpose of the Program, services provided, time commitments for the school year and summer programs, and the importance of open communication.
Does the program provide transportation?
The program provides transportation to sponsored events at the college campus. Families must drop off and pick up their students from JCSU.
Is Upward Bound successful?
YES! 88% of Upward Bound graduates have entered post-secondary education. TRIO program research shows that Upward Bound students are four times more likely to earn a college degree than students from similar backgrounds who do not participate in the program.