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Prospective Students-Frequently Asked Questions


Here is a list of frequently asked questions.  If your question is not listed here, do not hesitate to call Upward Bound at 763-433-1170, option2, to find out the answer to your question.

  1. How do I qualify for the Upward Bound program?
  2. Is there a minimum GPA that a student has to have to be in the program?
  3. How do I apply to the program?
  4. What does the program offer?
  5. How much does it cost?
  6. Do I have to participate in tutoring, Saturdays and Summer?  Can I just choose one?
  7. Does Upward Bound give me scholarships?
  8. Do I have to attend Anoka-Ramsey Community College?

Frequently Asked Questions-Answers

1.  How do I qualify for the Upward Bound program?

To qualify for the program you must meet all of the following:

  1. Be a first-generation student (neither parent or parent that you live with has earned a four-year college degree) and/or meet the TRIO Income guidelines
  2. Be a current U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident
  3. Be motivated to work now to prepare for graduation and get ready for college

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2.  Is there a minimum GPA that a student has to have?

Students are not required to have a certain GPA.  Students are asked to work towards either increasing the GPA if it is low, or to maintain a GPA.  Keep in mind that colleges have GPA criteria for admission.  We work with students to improve GPAs so students meet the entrance requirements for college.

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3.  How Do I apply to the program?

Every student must complete the application process to be considered for admission to the program.  Each student must turn in the following:

  • Student application
  • Parent application
  • Teacher nomination form (English, Math, Science and Social Science)
  • Counselor Nomination form
  • 2007 Federal tax form (1040, 1040A, or 1040 EZ)
  • Social Security Number or Permanent Residency Number

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4.  What does the program offer?

Upward Bound has three main components: Tutoring, Saturday Sessions and a six-week summer program. We provide students with advising, career exploration, campus visits, assistance with college applications and financial aid and study skills.  For more information please go to the missions page of this website.

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5.  How much does it cost?

Nothing.  The services are provided to you free of cost.  All it will cost you is your time and commitment. 

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6.  Do I have to participate in tutoring, Saturdays and Summer?  Can I choose just one? 
All three components to the program are required.  A student must participate in tutoring, Saturday and the six-week summer program.
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7.  Does Upward Bound give me scholarships?

Upward Bound does not provide students with scholarships.  Upward Bound will work with students to apply for outside scholarships, but we are unable to give scholarships to students.

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8.  Do I have to attend Anoka-Ramsey Community College?

The goal of Upward Bound is to help students enroll at colleges of their choosing. We do have students that attend Anoka-Ramsey, but is is not required.  Students that have graduated from Upward Bound have attended many colleges including: University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, Augsburg, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State University-Mankato, North Hennepin Community College, University of Wisconsin-River Falls and North Dakota State University.  This is just a short list of schools that students have attended. 

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PEOPLE TO CONTACT

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TRiO / Upward Bound
763-433-1170 press 2 for Coon Rapids Campus