TRIO Upward Bound

TRIO Upward Bound (UB) is 100% federally funded by the US Department of Education. Illinois Eastern Community Colleges TRIO Upward Bound serves 209 students from twelve target high schools throughout the IECC District. Upward Bound is a college preparation program that provides the support, motivation, and academic preparation necessary to individuals interested in pursuing a post-secondary degree.




Who is eligible?

As a 100% federally funded program, there are criteria that students must meet to be served by the program. You are eligible to participate in UB if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a first-generation college student (If neither of your parents, or parent you reside with, or legal guardian(s) did not receive a bachelor’s degree or higher).
  • Qualify as a low-income student. Refer to Federal TRIO Programs chart listing of Annual Low-Income Levels.
  • Demonstrate a need for academic support.
What kind of services do you provide?

Academic Preparation for College

  • Academic and college preparatory workshops
  • Tutoring and homework assistance
  • 6-week academic summer program on an IECC campus
  • Transferable college credit
  • Summer Bridge Program available for UB participants the summer after high school graduation and before college enrollment

Educational and Career Planning

  • Academic advising
  • Organization, time management and life skills workshops
  • College and career workshops
  • STEM activities
  • College visits, cultural enrichment activities and career exploration
  • Career Internship program/work study

College Admissions and Financial Aid Information

  • Preparation for ACT, PSAT & SAT
  • Individual assistance with college admissions applications
  • Individual assistance with scholarship and financial aid applications
How much does the program cost?

The program is FREE to eligible program participants. However, your commitment, effort, and motivation to succeed is required.

How do I apply?

If you would like to be one of 209 students who receive individualized support through UB and you meet the eligibility requirements, please complete our application.

(Applications are also available by contacting a UB staff member or target school guidance counselor).

How do I contact Upward Bound?

To contact TRIO Upward Bound please visit our Staff Page.




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