A Federal TRIO Program



Is Upward Bound the right fit for you?

  • Are you a rising freshman or sophomore and have at least a 2.5 GPA in your Kansas Board of Regents/core classes (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies)?
  • Are you committed to attending college?
  • Do you like to meet new people, challenge yourself, and learn and experience new things?
  • If so, then Upward Bound is the place for you.



To qualify for Upward Bound programs, students must:

  • meet income guidelines (as defined by the US Department of Education), and/or; 
  • be from a family where neither parent has obtained a four-year degree;
  • be a U.S. citizen, or naturalized or permanent U.S. resident and
  • attend a target high school. 


Eligible Target Schools

Topeka, Kansas

  • Highland Park High School

Lawrence, Kansas

  • Free State High School

Kansas City, Kansas

  • F.L. Schlagle High School
  • Wyandotte High School


Required Documents

  • completed application
  • proof of income (IRS 1040 form, proof of Aid to Families with Dependent Children or Supplemental Security Income)
  • current transcript

Applications can be found on the Apply Now page.

Welcome to KU Upward Bound!

KU Upward Bound is a federally funded college access program that provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. Our program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Our goal is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.


Tutoring Services

KU Upward Bound is pleased to offer tutoring via Tutor.com. Tutoring is offered 24/7. Click here to enter our tutoring services. **Please note that only current Upward Bound students may use these services!** 

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