Upward Bound FAQs


Do you need to be a high achieving student to be involved in Upward Bound?

Absolutely not.  However, you do need to demonstrate a sincere interest in completing a high school diploma and attending college. This means you must have a GPA between 2.00 – 4.00 and are actively trying to improve.

How much does it cost to participate in Upward Bound?

All program services are provided cost-free.  The LBCC Upward Bound program is federally funded by a grant from the US Department of Education.

What are the target schools for the LBCC Upward Bound Program?

Cabrillo High School, LB Polytechnic High School, and Wilson High School.

Does participation in Upward Bound improve my child’s chances of getting into college?

Over 90% of Upward Bound students are admitted to college upon their high school graduation.

Where to do I pick up an application?

You may print out an online application or visit the Career Center at your high school and request an application from your guidance counselor. The Upward Bound Program Specialist will visit target schools once a week and gladly help you complete it.

Why are parents required to submit financial information?

The LBCC Upward Bound program requires proof of eligibility-income, which is why these documents are requested. Financial information includes tax statements, TANF, food stamps information, unemployment information, Social Security, and other relevant information. Personal information is not forwarded or shared with others. All information is completely confidential.

Does Upward Bound help students with other matters aside from college?

Absolutely, the Upward Bound staff is available to provide academic, career and personal advisement. The staff will also make referrals for both students and parents.