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FAQs


FAQs for Prospective Students

1.  Why should I consider being a part of Upward Bound?

2.  How do I qualify for Upward Bound?

3.  How do I apply?

4.  How many students does the program serve?

5.  What services does Upward Bound provide?

6.  I understand that Upward Bound has 2 main components: academic year and summer session. Do I have to participate in both parts?

7.  Does Upward Bound pay for my college education?

8.  Do I need to attend Anoka-Ramsey Community College after I graduate from high school?

9.  Does the program provide transportation?

10. Do I have to apply for this program every year?

 
FAQs for Current Students

11. Can I miss my tutoring sessions?

12. Do I have to attend Saturday sessions?

13. Is the summer program required for Upward Bound students?

14. Does everyone get to attend the summer trip?

15. Do I need to pay for my own food and lodging during the summer trip?

16. I need to miss a scheduled event. What do I do?

17. Will Upward Bound pay for my college application fees?

 

Answers

 

1. Why should I consider being a part of Upward Bound?

TRiO Upward Bound is a great program that can help you attend college! A national study shows that students who are in the Upward Bound program are 4 times more likely to attend college than those who are from similar backgrounds.

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2. How do I qualify for Upward Bound?

To qualify for the program, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Be a high school student who is entering 9th or 10th grade at one of these Independent School Districts:  Braham, Cambridge-Isanti, Mora, North Branch, Princeton, or St. Francis

  2. Be a potential first generation college student (custodial parent [s] or guardian [s] has not received a four-year college degree) and / or meet TRiO income guidelines

  3. Be motivated to work hard in order to attend college

  4. Be a US citizen or permanent resident

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3. How do I apply?

You can pick up an application at your school counseling office or career center. You can also download an application and mail it to us. More information, please go to How to Apply.

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4. How many students does the program serve?

We are funded to serve a total of 123 students from Braham, Cambridge-Isanti, Mora, North Branch, Princeton, and St. Francis High Schools.

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5. What services does Upward Bound provide? 

Upward Bound services include tutoring; academic advising; career exploration; assistance with financial aid, scholarship, and college application; campus visits; social and cultural events; paid summer work-study positions; tuition-free college class for graduated high school seniors; and opportunities to earn monthly stipends.

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6. I understand that Upward Bound has 2 main components: academic year and summer session. Do I have to participate in both parts?

Yes. You should be available to attend weekly tutoring sessions, monthly Saturday sessions, and summer program. The dates for all sessions are communicated to Upward Bound students, parents or guardians well in advance.

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7. Does Upward Bound pay for my college education?

No, it does not. However, the program will provide you with advice and guidance to apply for federal, state, and college aid. Upward Bound advisors work closely with students and families throughout the college application, financial aid application, and scholarship application.

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8. Do I need to attend Anoka-Ramsey Community College after I graduate from high school?

No. You do not need to complete your degree at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. You can apply to colleges of your choice. Upward Bound advisors will work with you in choosing colleges.

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9. Does the program provide transportation?

Upward Bound provides transportation only during the summer program and off campus activities. Examples of activities are college visits and trips to museums. Transportation during weekly tutoring sessions at your school (Braham, Cambridge-Isanti, Mora, North Branch, Princeton, or St. Francis) and Saturday sessions (students arrive at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Cambridge) are the responsibility of the family.

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10. Do I have to apply for this program every year?

Once you have been accepted into Upward Bound, you do not have to reapply as long as you continue to be an active Upward Bound student.

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11. Can I miss my tutoring sessions?

Yes, but you need to let your advisor know ahead of time. If you are sick on the tutoring day, please email or call your advisor. If you are participating in extracurricular activities or if you are a PSEO students, a note is required. In addition to a note, contact with your advisor must be made at least once a month.

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12. Do I have to attend Saturday sessions?

Saturday sessions are mandatory.  You will receive a schedule in early fall.  If you are sick that day, your parent or guardian must excuse you from the session via a phone call, email, or note.

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13. Is the summer program required for Upward Bound students?

Yes, the summer session is a required component of the program. Daily attendance is expected. Two unexcused absences may result in dismissal from the summer program. You can earn credit based on attendance and participation as reported by your instructors.

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14. Does everyone get to attend the summer trip?

Eligibility to attend the trip is dependent upon a student successfully completing the summer program.

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15. Do I need to pay for my own food and lodging during the summer trip?

No. Upward Bound will pay for your food and lodging. All Upward Bound field trips are free of charge.  You are responsible for any additional motel charges for phone calls, video rentals, etc.

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16. I need to miss a scheduled event. What do I do?

You need to call your advisor at least 1 week before the event date so that your place can be filled or cancelled. If you miss a scheduled event (i.e., dinner, museum, movie, play, etc), without notifying, your stipend may be garnished for the cost of the ticket, meal, and etc) up to $40.

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17. Will Upward Bound pay for my college application fees?

Yes. Upward Bound will pay for the cost of 2 application fees for each student.

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