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Upward Bound History

Upward Bound (UB) was the first TRIO program and remains the largest of the programs in terms of annual funding allocations. TRIO began with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which authorized 18 pilot Upward Bound programs in 1965. In the same year, the Higher Education Act of 1965 authorized the Talent Search (TS) Program designed to identify and assist youths with the potential for success in higher education. In 1966, the UB Program was expanded from the 18 pilot programs to 220. It was not until 1968 that the term TRIO was coined to encompass the three initial programs—UB, TS, and the newly authorized Student Support Services (SSS) Program that provides support services to undergraduates to assist them in completing programs of postsecondary education. At the same time (in 1968), all three programs were placed under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, as amended. Additional programs were added in 1972, 1986, 1990 and 1998 resulting in a total of 8 TRIO programs.

Upward Bound Purpose

The purpose of Upward Bound has always been to foster, among low-income youths and potentially first generation college students enrolled in high school, the skills and motivation necessary for enrollment and success in education beyond high school. The goal of the program is to increase the academic performance and motivation of eligible participants so that they may complete secondary school and successfully pursue postsecondary education programs.

Lopez/Porter Grant

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Rio Hondo Grant

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Rivera Grant

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