Upward Bound Program

Who is Eligible?

We are pleased that you are interested in Upward Bound. The Upward Bound Program provides educational opportunities for low- income and/or first-generation- college-bound students. You may apply if you are currently a freshman, sophomore, or junior at Jefferson, Meadowdale or Thurgood Marshall High School. You must also be considering attending college in the future.


Federal TRIO Programs
Current-Year Low-Income Levels

(Effective January 31, 2017 until further notice)

Size of Family Unit

48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions



























For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,270 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia, and outlying jurisdictions; $7,845 for Alaska; and $7,215 for Hawaii.

The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register on January 31, 2017.


What is the Cost?

The Central State University Upward Bound Program is funded through the U.S. Department of Education. All services are provided free of charge for Upward Bound participants.


Each participant will receive $20.00 per month during the academic year and $60.00 for six weeks during the summer program.