How to Apply

The Upward Bound program is a federally-funded TRIO program that provides academic support to low-income and first-generation college bound students.  To qualify students need to either meet TRIO low-income guidelines or be first-generation college, meaning neither parent has obtained a bachelor’s degree.  Additionally, to qualify, students must have at least started the ninth grade and either attend one of the program’s target high schools that include the Community Academy of Science and Health, Brighton, English, Margarita Muniz and Snowden or attend a public school and live in one of the program’s target neighborhoods that include Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan and RoxburyStudents attending the target high schools are given priority in the admissions process.

During the school year, students must attend tutoring and academic instruction after school. Students live during the summer on the Boston University campus from Sunday-Friday for a six-week academically intensive program.


In order to be eligible to participate in the Upward Bound program, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Meet low-income guidelines or be a potentially first generation college student (neither parent has a bachelors degree)
  • Attend a target high school (Community Academy of Science and Health, Brighton, English, Margarita Muniz and Snowden)  or live in a target neighborhood (Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan and Roxbury)

Interested students can download a Upward Bound Student Application 2023-2024.  Additionally, students may get a paper copy from their high school or by contacting Reggie Jean, UB Project Director at 617-353-3551 or

Application Materials

Please follow the instructions on page 1 of the application closely and contact our office with any questions.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.