TRIO_Upward Bound

To generate skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school among low-income and potential first-generation college students and veterans.

The goal of the program is to increase the academic performance and motivational levels of eligible enrollees so that such persons
may complete secondary school and successfully pursue postsecondary educational programs.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Grants to colleges, universities and other institutions to generate skills and motivation necessary for low- income, potential first generation college students to be successful in postsecondary institutions.

Regular Upward Bound projects provide high school students with both summer and academic year services.

Veterans Upward Bound projects provide short-term services, designed to prepare eligible veterans for acceptance into a postsecondary program.

Upward Bound Math and Science Regional Centers provide high school students with summer academic services for interested math and science students.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Office - Department of Education regional offices.

See Appendix IV in the Catalog.

Program Accomplishments

In 2008, the program will support 1,127 projects.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are awarded to eligible grantees to provide academic instructional programs, personal and academic counseling, career guidance and special instruction to prepare project participants for careers in which persons from disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly underrepresented, tutoring, and exposure to cultural events and academic programs not usually available to disadvantaged youths.

Funds are used to support a residential summer program and academic year program, and to pay stipends to students, not to exceed $40 a month during the academic year and $60 a month during the summer.

A grantee may not use the project as part of its recruitment program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of higher education, public or private not-for-profit agencies, a combination of the above, and in exceptional cases, secondary schools may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Low-income individuals and potential first generation college students who have a need for academic support in order to successfully pursue a program of postsecondary education. Two-thirds of the participants must be low-income individuals who are also potential first generation college students. The remaining participants must be either low-income individuals or potential first generation college students. Required low-income criteria are stated in application materials. Except for veterans, who can be served regardless of age, project participants must be between 13 and 19 years old and have completed the eighth grade but have not entered the twelfth grade (exceptions allowed).


Costs will be determined in accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations EDGAR). This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No.


Application Procedures

Develop a proposal in accordance with regulations, application and timetables issued by the Secretary of Education. No State plan is required. Requests for program applications should be made to the Federal TR10 Programs, College and University Preparation and Support Team. This program is subject to the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).

Award Procedures

Selected nonfederal field readers who are not employees of the Federal Government evaluate new proposals on the basis of the selection criteria specified in 34 CFR 645.31 and 34 CFR 645.32. Grantees will be selected on the basis of rank order of total scores and availability of funds.


Deadlines are published in the Federal Register.


Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, Sections 402C, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1070a-13.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 180 days.




Continuation awards for up to five years approved on an annual basis; subject to the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Four or five year projects; annual awards. Continuations are subject to the availability of appropriations.

Post Assistance Requirements


Performance reports are submitted on an annual basis.


In accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR 75.702, 74.61.


In accordance with 34 CFR 75.730, 75.731, and 75.732.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $314,169,000; FY 08 est $358,449,000; and FY 09 est $358,181,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In fiscal year 2008, the average expected awards is $318,000. The minimum grant award is $250,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

EDGAR and regulations 34 CFR 645.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Department of Education regional offices. See Appendix IV in the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Federal TRIO Programs, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-5249. Contact: Gaby Watts, E-mail:; Telephone: (202) 502-7545.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

For new awards, applicants will be selected on the basis of the criteria set forth in 34 CFR 645.31.

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