Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Upward Bound program:

Q: What is Upward Bound?

A: Upward Bound provides academic support to high school students so they may complete high school, enroll in college, and successfully obtain a college degree. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO Programs division, qualifying participants come from families who meet federal income guidelines, or are first-generation college students. Upward Bound was established by the Federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and the Higher Education Act of 1965. It was considered part of the War on Poverty program of US President Lyndon B Johnson.

Q: Who is eligible to participate?

A: Participants must attend Alleghany County, Ashe County, Avery County, Freedom, McDowell, Watauga County, or West Wilkes High Schools and be in 9th or 10th grade at time of application. Students must demonstrate the desire to attend college, and be the first generation in his/her family to go to college and/or come from a modest-income household. Students must also have academic needs as determined by an Upward Bound Academic Coordinator.

You may qualify for Upward Bound if you would be the first person in your family to attend college or if your family income is at or below these appropriate figures. 

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Q: How much does it cost to join Upward Bound?

A: All services provided to Upward Bound students, including the six-week summer programs, trips, and tutoring services, are provided free of charge.

Q: When and how are new participants selected?

A: The Upward Bound application process takes place each fall semester. Applicants are often referred by school guidance counselors, but they may also refer themselves. Those interested in applying must first fill out an application (please see Prospective Students). If selected from this pool, applicants will go through an interview process.

Q: Which high schools are served by Upward Bound at Appalachian State University?

A: Upward Bound at Appalachian State University serves Alleghany High school, Ashe County High School, Avery High School, Freedom High School, McDowell, Watauga High School, and West Wilkes High School.

Q: What is expected of Upward Bound participants throughout the year?

A: Upward Bound students must participate in multiple weekend academies on Appalachian State Univeristy's campus throughout the school year. Also, students are required to stay on campus to participate in the six-week summer program, but they may spend weekends at home. The commitment to Upward Bound is from the time a students enters the program until he/she graduates high school.

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