About Us

What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is an academic support program designed to increase high school students' opportunities to attend college.

Who is eligible for Upward Bound?

To be eligible for FAU Upward Bound student must be A U.S. citizen or Eligible resident that attends one of the following target area schools:

Blanche Ely High School, Boyd Anderson High School, Coconut Creek High School, Dillard High School, Hallandale High School, McArthur High School, Northeast High School, South Broward High School

The student must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Family income must meet federal guidelines and/or
  • Neither parent obtained a four-year degree from a college or university

What academic support is available?

The program is designed to supplement the high school curriculum and is focused on individual student academic need in all of their high school classes.  Students will receive tutoring and advanced skill development geared toward college preparation.

How can Upward Bound help students get into college?

Aside from providing an academic support system, Upward Bound provides workshops and individual counseling sessions for financial aid and scholarship information for college, ACT preparation, and career planning. Upon graduation from high school, Upward Bound Math Science program students have the opportunity to enroll in the Summer Bridge Program at FAU. The program ONLY provides tuition and academic support up to six-credit hours in courses in math and science.

Where and when does Upward Bound meet?

During the school year an Upward Bound representative will visit each school once a week for a short meeting as part of After School Enrichment.

During the summer, students participate in a six-week residential program at FAU main campus.  The students attend classes in academic subjects such as Mathematics, Science, Writing, Literature, and Foreign Language. Upward Bound students also attend several educational and cultural activities throughout the year.

What is the cost to participate in the Upward Bound program?

Program activities are provided at no cost to the student. Upward Bound is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education.