About the Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound Students

TRIO-Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for high school students funded by the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored locally by Austin Community College. Upward Bound is specifically designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school by providing college, career and financial aid awareness through tutorial services, workshops and field trips.

Mission Statement

Austin Community College-TRIO Upward Bound is a year-round college preparatory program that provides underrepresented high school students with academic preparation, career exploration, cultural exposure, and personal support towards pursuing postsecondary attainment and lifelong success. 

Vision Statement

Austin Community College-TRIO Upward Bound in collaboration with Northeast and Travis Early College High Schools guide, empower, and educate students to become future leaders, self-advocates and critical thinkers beyond post- secondary attainment in a diverse and global society. 

Upward Bound Provides

Academic Preparation for College

  • The Upward Bound academic component is held during the months of August through May each school year
  • College preparatory courses in math, science, composition, and foreign language
  • Tutorials and test preparation seminars during the academic year
  • 6 Week Summer Sessions at ACC

Educational & Career Planning

  • Academic advising
  • College and career exploration
  • College and career field trips

College & Financial Aid Assistance

  • Individual assistance with PSAT, SAT/ACT registration applications & fee waivers
  • Individual assistance with college admissions applications
  • Individual assistance with scholarship & financial aid applications

Eligibility Criteria

Students meeting the following federal TRIO eligibility criteria may be considered for selection as Upward Bound participants:

  • Current 8th and 9th grade students with an interest in attending college
  • Qualify as Low Income and/or Potential First Generation College Graduate (neither parent has received a 4-year degree)
  • Demonstrate an academic need
  • Commit to remain in Upward Bound until high school graduation
  • Commit to participate in all Upward Bound activities and the summer session
  • Zoned or attend Northeast or Travis Early College High Schools