Upward Bound Program


About Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a college preparatory program that helps high school students to develop the skills and motivation necessary to succeed in high school and ultimately in college and professional careers. Upward Bound is one of the original TRIO programs established by the U.S. Government Higher Education Act of 1965 and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Upward Bound programs serve all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Palau, Micronesia, and American Samoa. Participants must have completed the 8th grade but not yet have advanced to 12th grade and must meet federal income eligibility requirements and/or be potential first generation college students. There is no charge for Upward Bound services.


In August 1964, in the midst of his administration's "War on Poverty," President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act. This legislation gave rise to the Office of Economic Opportunity and its Special Programs for Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds or, as they have since become more commonly known, the nation's TRIO programs. As part of this statute, the first TRIO initiative, Upward Bound, came into existence, followed soon thereafter by Talent Search, which was created by the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. When the HEA was first reauthorized in 1968, it established TRIO's Student Support Services program and transferred all of TRIO from the Office of Economic Opportunity to the Office of Higher Education Programs. When the HEA was reauthorized in 1972, the fourth TRIO program, Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC), was created. The expansion of TRIO's reach and outreach continued in 1976 with the creation of the TRIO Staff and Leadership Training Authority (SLTA). The fifth TRIO program, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, was created in 1986. Most recently, in 1990, the U.S. Department of Education created the Upward Bound Math/ Science Program, which is administered under the same regulations as other Upward Bound programs.

Academic Year

The Academic Year Curriculum consists of tutorials, workshops, counseling, and other support services. Upward Bound counselors work with each student to develop and implement an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) according to the student's needs, potential, interests, and goals. Students are provided academic support through activities which complement and enhance their high school courses. Workshops and counseling on decision making, study skills, career planning, choosing a college major, financial aid and life skills are provided. Mentoring and tutoring are also offered.

The Summer Bridge Program

During the summer after high school graduation, seniors in the Upward Bound students may participate in the Summer Bridge Program. program will pay for tuition and books for students to enroll in regular Catonsville(one math and english course) and earn up to six hours of college credit toward the B.A. or B.S. degree.


  • Low-income high school students.
  • First generation college bound students.
  • Willingness to pursue and complete a baccalaureate degree.

CCBC Upward Bound currently serves 9th through 12th grade male and female high school students from four Baltimore County Public Schools. These students are the first generation in their family to go to college and/or low income (See taxable income chart below) We generally admit students in grade 9 or 10.

Schools We Recruit From:

  • Lansdowne High School
  • Milford Mill Academy
  • Woodlawn High School

Students are identified, recruited and selected for participation in the CCBC Catonsville Upward Bound Program, receive Program services, and are tracked to document their achievements, regardless to gender, race, national origin, color, disability, or age.

Income Requirements

2009-10 Taxable Income Levels Size of Family and Income Limits

  1. $16,245
  2. $21,855
  3. $27,465
  4. $33,075
  5. $38,685
  6. $44,395
  7. $49,905
  8. $55,515

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $5,610 for the 48 contiguous states. The term ”low-income individual” means an individual whose family’s taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

The figures shown under family income 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, Vol. 73, No. 15, January 23,2008 pp. 3971- 3972.

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