Who is eligible to become an Upward Bound participant?
The Fairfield University Upward Bound Program is designed to assist first-generation, low-income students to achieve their goal of college attendance. To be eligible for the program, a student must aspire to earn a bachelor's degree and demonstrate academic need, be a first-generation college student (neither parent holds a bachelor's degree), be a citizen of the U.S. or a permanent resident, and attend Central, Bassick or Harding High School.

What are the general benefits of Upward Bound to students?
Our goal is to increase the number of first generation students entering and succeeding in college. Upward Bound offers students the opportunity to:

  • Enhance academic performance
  • Engage in career exploration and leadership development
  • Experience first-hand college life on a college campus
  • Increase a student's possibilities of earning a scholarship
  • Prepare for college
  • Tour a number of college/university campuses
  • Develop financial Literacy & Information Fluency

Is there a cost for the program?
No. The Upward Bound Program is free to participants.

What does Upward Bound expect of students?
The Upward Bound Program expects that students attend the Academic Year Program (including tutoring sessions, Saturday sessions, field trips and other activities) and the Summer Residential Program. Additionally, we expect that students will maintain at least a "C" average in every class, adhere to the student pledge, have a willingness to work hard, have a positive attitude, and stay open to possibilities and opportunities. Our ultimate goal is for students to apply to, enroll in, and graduate from college.

Is transportation available to Upward Bound activities?
Transportation to Saturday sessions, Summer Program commuting weeks, cultural events, college tours and field trips is provided. Occasionally, transportation will be from a student's school or other location. Transportation is not provided for tutoring. Students must be picked up from tutoring at school during the academic year.

Does a student have to attend Fairfield University after finishing the program?
No. Upward Bound students are encouraged to apply to, enroll in, and graduate from any institution of higher education. Our goal is for our students to obtain at least a bachelor's degree.

Does Upward Bound help pay for college?
No. During the Junior and Senior year, the Upward Bound Program will assist scholars in researching scholarship opportunities and completing scholarship applications. During the Senior year, workshops will be held to assist students and parents complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms and help facilitate them through the financial aid process.

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