Upward Bound Program Eligibility

To be eligible for Upward Bound, students must be entering the ninth or tenth grade at one of the participating schools. They must also be at least thirteen years old and younger than eighteen at the beginning of the next Summer Residential Program. They must be considered income eligible or a potential first generation college student.

Determining Economic Eligibility

To determine economic eligibility, we need to verify the family's income and financial need. We will ask for a copy of the family's 1040 tax form showing taxable income, a budget statement from the Department of Social Services or Social Security, or a letter from another appropriate agency. All financial information is kept strictly confidential and is used only to determine program eligibility.

Federal TRiO Programs 2018 Annual Low Income Levels
(Effective January 28, 2014 until further notice)

Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions Alaska Hawaii
1 $17,505 $21,870 $20,130
2 $23,595 $29,490 $27,135
3 $29,685 $37,110 $34,140
4 $35,775 $44,730 $41,145
5 $41,865 $52,350 $48,150
6 $47,955 $59,970 $55,155
7 $54,045 $67,590 $62,160
8 $60,135 $75,210 $69,165

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,090 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $7,620 for Alaska; and $7,005 for Hawaii.

The family incomes shown 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 22, 2014.


Income Eligible - An income eligible student is one whose family meets low-income criteria as determined by the U.S. Department of Education. The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150% of the poverty level amount (see chart for specific information).

First Generation - A potential first generation college student is someone whose parents have not received a bachelor's degree.