TRIO Upward Bound

To generate skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school among low-income and potential first-generation college students and veterans.

The goal of the program is to increase the academic performance and motivational levels of eligible enrollees so that such persons
may complete secondary school and successfully pursue and complete a postsecondary educational program.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Department of Education regional offices.

See Appendix IV in the Catalog.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Central College $ 3,407,882   2018-06-012025-05-31
Florida A & M University $ 341,663   2022-09-012023-10-31
University Of Wyoming $ 353,590   2022-11-012023-10-31
Northwest Missouri State University $ 378,533   2022-09-012023-10-31
Ramapo College Of New Jersey $ 313,568   2022-09-012023-10-31
Northern Michigan University $ 342,835   2022-09-012023-10-31
University Of Hawaii Systems $ 297,601   2022-09-012023-10-31
The University Of Texas At Arlington $ 371,234   2022-09-012023-10-31
Creighton University $ 337,478   2022-09-012023-10-31
University Of Massachusetts $ 384,099   2022-09-012023-10-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects must provide academic tutoring services, advice on and assistance in selecting secondary and college courses, assistance in preparing for college entrance exams and in completing college applications, information on student financial aid and assistance in completing financial aid applications, services designed to improve financial and economic literacy, and guidance and assistance in re-entering and completing secondary school.

Projects may also provide exposure to cultural events, academic programs and other activities not usually available to disadvantaged youth; personal and career counseling; information on career options; summer college campus residential programs; services specially designed for students with disabilities or limited English proficiency, homeless children and youth, and students in foster care; and to pay stipends to students, not to exceed $40 a month during the academic year and $60 a month during the summer.

A grantee may not use the project as part of its recruitment program.

Separate projects provide special services for veterans and for students with a special interest in math and science.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth, combinations of such institutions, agencies and organizations, and as appropriate to the purposes of the program, secondary schools.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Low-income individuals and potential first generation college students who have a need for academic support in order to successfully pursue a program of postsecondary education. Two-thirds of the participants must be low-income individuals who are also potential first generation college students. The remaining one-third must be either low-income, first-generation college students, or students who have a high risk for academic failure. Required low-income criteria are stated in application materials. Except for veterans, who can be served regardless of age, project participants must be between 13 and 19 years old and have completed the eighth grade but have not entered the twelfth grade (exceptions allowed).


Costs will be determined in accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). OMB Circular No. A-21 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-122 applies to this program (non-profit organization). This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Develop a proposal in accordance with regulations, application and timetables issued by the Secretary of Education. No State plan is required. Requests for program applications should be made to the Federal TRIO Programs, College and University Preparation and Support Team. This program is subject to the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).

Award Procedures

Selected nonfederal field readers who are not employees of the Federal Government evaluate new proposals on the basis of the selection criteria specified in 34 CFR 645.31 and 34 CFR 645.32. Grantees will be selected on the basis of rank order of total scores and availability of funds.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Subpart 2, Title IV, Part A, Section 402C, 20 U.S.C 1070a-13.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 180 days.


The program statute requires a second review of unsuccessful applications. The Department implements the second review process in accordance with the process specified in 34 CFR 645.35. An unsuccessful applicant requesting a second review must provide evidence that the Department, an agent of the Department, or a peer reviewer made a technical, administrative, or scoring error in the processing or review of its application.


Continuation awards for up to 5 years approved on an annual basis; subject to the availability of funds and the grantee is meeting the conditions of the grant and making substantial progress toward meeting the project objectives.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. The statue establishes a minimum grant amount. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Five year projects; annual awards. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Contact the program office for the information.

Post Assistance Requirements


Performance reports are required on an annual basis.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports are required for a project in its first year of funding.

Expenditure reports are required.

Performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR 75.702, 74.61.


In accordance with (EDGAR) 34 CFR 75.730, 75.731, and 75.732 and 34 CFR 645 43(c).

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $328,628,000; FY 17 est $384,205,000; and FY 18 est $354,349,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies by competition. In FY 2016, the smallest award was $68,598 and the largest award was $878,547. The average award was $321,239.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

EDGAR and regulations 34 CFR 645.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Department of Education regional offices. See Appendix IV in the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Ken Waters Student Service Division, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education,400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 502-7586.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

For new awards, applicants will be selected on the basis of the criteria set forth in 34 CFR 645.31 and 645.32. Contact the program office for additional information.

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