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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

  • Students who attend or will attend Grandview High School or Ruskin High School
  • Students who have earned at minimum of a 2.25 GPA average at the time of the application
  • Students enrolled in the 9th - 12th grade (8th graders are encouraged to apply so they can start immediately in 9th grade)
  • Students who are first generation college-bound students (neither parent has earned a college degree)
  • Students who meet the U.S. Department of Education income guidelines
  • Students that show a need for Upward Bound services
  • Students who are U.S. citizens or intend to gain citizenship status

Call the UB office at 816.501.2904 if you have any questions or concerns regarding your eligibility. 

I submitted my application but haven’t been called for an interview. Now what?
Upward Bound admits approximately 20 new students a year but receives over 40 applications a year.
Please call the office at 816.501.2904 to check the status of your application and ensure it is complete. Incomplete applications could result in delayed interviews.

How often do you admit new students to the Upward Bound program?
Students are admitted throughout the academic year depending on the current number of students being served. There is no set deadline or admittance date. Applications are accepted and reviewed year-round.

I just want to participate in the summer program, can I?
No. Upward Bound is not just a summer program. Upward Bound is a commitment throughout the academic year and your high school career. UB is not a summer camp.

Do I have to reapply each year?
No. Once you are in, you are in.

I’m involved in a lot of activities, can I still do Upward Bound?
Yes! Being involved is great for students! However, make sure you can also give time and effort to Upward Bound. Staff will work with each student but the student must be willing and want to work with the Upward Bound project. This is a valid concern to bring up during the interview so that staff can clarify commitment and expectations.

Do you provide transportation?
Depends. Upward Bound provides transportation to off campus events/activities but students must find their own ride to campus. Furthermore, students must find their own transportation to any event being held on campus. Staff will not pick up students from their home and bring them to UB activities nor will they take students home. Students/parents must find their own transportation to and from campus.

How much does it cost to be in Upward Bound?
NOTHING. Upward Bound is funded through a federal grant. All services are provided FREE OF CHARGE.

I don’t want to go to college, can I still join the program?
No. Upward Bound is for students that have a strong desire to attend a post-secondary institution.

Where can I find an application?
Applications can be downloaded from our website or you can grab one at your counseling center at your school!

Why are parents/guardians required to submit financial information?
We require a copy of your latest 1040 income tax return for use to verify your student’s eligibility to join Upward Bound. No, we will not share or distribute your personal information. We keep all documents in strictest confidentiality.

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