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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program. Other TRIO programs include Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Centers, and Student Support Services. Upward Bound was established to help high school students overcome social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education. Our primary goal is to help students prepare for college, and stay enrolled once they get there. The program provides a variety of individualized academic and social support services.

What are the entrance criteria to be part of WVU Upward Bound?

Upward Bound serves students in grades 9 through 12 who meet federal eligibility requirements. Eligible students must meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) they are income-eligible as determined by the federal government, 2) they are first-generation college attendees (neither the student’s mother nor father has graduated with a four-year degree); and/or 3) they are considered academically at-risk (as defined by the federal government). Most of the Upward Bound students, however, must be both first-generation college students and low-income. This Upward Bound program serves 60 students from Grafton and Preston high schools.

How do I become part of WVU Upward Bound?

In order to participate, interested students must complete an application, submit one letter of recommendation, and proof of income. Once you are a member of Upward Bound, we will work with you through the rest of your time in high school. Applications are also available at your school’s guidance office. The priority deadline for application is March 1, 2019.

What do I need to provide for proof of income?

A copy of your family’s most recent tax return is best, but you can also submit a signed statement verifying income, W-2s, or other similar types of documentation. Please feel free to contact our office with questions about your income information, and our staff will personally assist you.

Who should I get to write a recommendation letter?

The recommendation letters may be from teachers, clergy members, work supervisors, or anyone else who can speak to your character and your desire to go to college.

So what are the perks?

Upward Bound will provide participants with a variety of FREE educational, cultural and social programs, such as:

  • Individual Tutoring- tutoring, study skills, and test preparation programs will be provided weekly at your home high school
  • Test Preparation- SAT/ACT preparation programs will be provided for interested students
  • Social Activities- Field trips, team-building activities, community service events, dinner programs
  • College Preparation- Campus tours, application assistance, assistance with the financial aid process
  • Monthly events on the campus of West Virginia University, with transportation provided
  • Rewards for attendance and participation
  • Residential summer program on the campus of West Virginia University. Students will have the opportunity to experience living in the residence halls, attending classes, and interacting with peers from other schools. Eligible students may also qualify for work-study and have the chance to learn valuable job skills, while earning money
  • Personal one-on-one support from trained Upward Bound professionals

How can I find out more about WVU Upward Bound?

You can check with your guidance counselor or reach us by calling (304) 293-6199, emailing UpwardBound@mail.wvu.edu, or by mail at P.O. Box 6891, Morgantown, WV 26506.