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U.S. Department of Education: Upward Bound Program

Deadline: November 28, 2016

The Upward Bound Program is one of the seven programs known as the Federal TRIO Programs. Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

Funded projects must provide the following required services:

  • Academic tutoring
  • Advice and assistance in secondary and postsecondary course selection
  • Preparation for college entrance exams
  • Information on federal student financial aid programs, including Federal Pell grant awards, loan forgiveness, and scholarships
  • Assistance completing financial aid applications
  • Guidance on and assistance in secondary school reentry; alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts that lead to the receipt of a regular secondary school diploma; and entry into postsecondary education
  • Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students or the student’s parent, including financial planning for postsecondary education
  • Any project that has received funds for at least two years must include as part of its core curriculum, in the next and succeeding years, instruction in mathematics through Pre-Calculus, Laboratory Science, Foreign Language, Composition, and Literature

Other permissible (but not required) services include:

  • Exposure to cultural events and academic programs
  • Information, activities, and instruction designed to acquaint participants with the range of career options available
  • On-campus residential programs
  • Mentoring programs
  • Work study
  • Programs and activities designed for participants who are limited English proficient or are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, individuals with disabilities, participants who are homeless children and youths, participants who are aging out of foster care, or other disconnected participants

This notice contains one competitive preference priority and one invitational priority, as follows:

  • Competitive Preference – Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness (3 points): Applications supported by evidence of effectiveness that meets the conditions set out in the definition of “moderate evidence of effectiveness” in 34 CFR 77.1(c).
  • Invitational Priority – Applicants are encouraged to propose projects designed to increase opportunities for participants to earn postsecondary credits in high school, such as through providing connections to dual enrollment programs.

There are three types of grants under the Upward Bound Program: Upward Bound; Veterans Upward Bound; and Upward Bound Math and Science grants. This notice invites applications for Upward Bound grants only. Veterans Upward Bound grants and Upward Bound Math and Science grants will be solicited in forthcoming notices.

Amount: $273,000,000 is expected to be available for awards ranging from $257,500 – $768,622. The average award size is expected to be $335,890.

  • For an applicant that is not currently receiving an Upward Bound Program grant, the maximum award amount is $257,500, based upon a per-participant cost of no more than $4,292 and a minimum of 60 participants
  • For an applicant that is currently receiving a Upward Bound Program grant, the maximum award amount is an amount equal to the applicant’s base award amount for FY 2016

Eligibility: Institutions of higher education; public or private agencies or organizations, including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth; secondary schools; and combinations of institutions, agencies, and organizations, and secondary schools.

Link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/trioupbound/index.html

Note: On-site and webinar-based workshops will be held for applicants. See: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/trioupbound/ubworkshops.html for a schedule.

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