Upward Bound Projects

Summer Exchange


Upward Bound Original

Fact Sheet

The Original Upward Bound Project at California State University, Chico was first funded in 1966 to serve 50 students. It is one of the oldest and most respected programs in the nation and it is the longest running grant on the Chico campus. The program has grown to serve 125 students annually in seven North State High Schools.

Upward Bound is a year-round program for motivated students with academic potential who want to continue their education after high school. Upward Bound provides the following services to students:

• Weekly academic tutoring
• Test preparation workshops
• Parent workshops in their native language
• Six week summer residential program
• Leadership development
• Laptop and equipment loan program
• Assistance with A-G college prep course selection
• Financial aid and college application assistance
• College visitation trips
• Career exploration internships

Participant Eligibility

At least two-thirds of the participants must be both
· low-income (family income within 150% of poverty-see "Low-Income Levels" below)
· a potential first generation college student (neither parent with whom the student resides has a four-year college degree)

The other one-third of the participants can be either low-income or first generation college.

Applicants must also be the following:
· a citizen or permanent resident (must have a Green Card)
· ages 13 to 19 (grades 9-11 at the time of selection). 8th graders are eligible to apply.
· attending one of the following schools or planning to enroll in one of the following schools:

Chico Senior H.S. Lindhurst H.S. Paradise H.S.
Gridley Union H.S. Orland H.S. Yuba City H.S.
Hamilton Union H.S.    

2013 Annual Low-Income Levels for Participant Eligibility:

(Effective January 24, 2013 Until Further Notice)

Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions Alaska Hawaii
1 $17,235 $21,525 $19,845
2 $23,265 $29,070 $26,775
3 $29,295 $36,615 $33,705
4 $35,325 $44,160 $40,635
5 $41,355 $51,705 $47,565
6 $47,385 $59,250 $54,495
7 $53,415 $66,795 $61,425
8 $59,445 $74,340 $68,355

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,030 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $7,545 for Alaska; and $6,930 for Hawaii.

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. 78, No. 16, January 24, 2013, pp. 5182-5183.

(Source: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html)

Profile of a New Upward Bounder:

There have been 397 participants accepted by Upward Bound since 1999. Of those participants:
the mean grade level is 10th grade
the mean GPA is 3.26
the mean reading ability is .3 years below grade level
the mean taxable family income is $6,512 for a family of 6 people
the mean education of the father is grade 7.9
the mean education of the mother is grade 7.6
365 or 92.94% are both low income and first generation
217 or 55% are female
180 or 45% are male
162 or 41% are Asian
122 or 31% are Latino
63 or 16% are White
20 or 5% are African-American
17 or 4% are East Indian
8 or 2% are Native American
5 or 1% are Pacific Islander

California State University, ChicoDivision of Student Affairs