Prospective Upward Bound Students

Who is Eligible to Apply? 

The current contact with the U.S. Department of Education allows funding for the project to serve five targeted school districts.  NWACC Upward Bound Project share these targeted districts with the University of Arkansas Fayetteville Upward Bound Project.  Since we are in at fast growing area both projects have enough students to select from and any given year.   Upward Bound is for students in the 9th and 10th grades.  In the Fall semester we will accept applications for the upcoming academic year.  But we keep the process open year around.

How Does A Student Apply For Admission?  Is There An Application Fee? 

An Interest Form is made available to the school Counselor.  Student or parents may also receive an application by calling or writing our Upward Bound Office.  Also a prospective student can attend informational session at their school and then receive the form.  After the Interest Form is received by the UB staff a more detail application is mailed to them with necessary instructions.  The application must be complete with all required paperwork and documentation mention in the instructions.  The application is then returned to the Counselor or mailed to the UB Office.

How Much Will It Cost? 

There is NOT COST to the students or family, just the investment of time and enthusiasm for your future.  UB is 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education for eligible high school students who aspire toward high education.    (Eligible students are those who would be first-generation college graduates and/or in a family faced with economic challenges.)

Once A Student Is Accepted Into The Program, Does The Student Have To Reapply Each Year?

Students do not need to reapply each year.  However, UB students do have to sign a letter of commitment each year as well as show progress towards their individual goals.    The UB staff evaluates every student several times each year.  The results of those assessments are communicated to students and sometime parents.

Will Upward Bound Pay For The Student's College Education?  No, but the UB Project will provide advice and guidance for the student-and the family-to apply for federal, state, and college aid.  All senior participants along with the parents will work on the FAFS with the UB Academic Coordinator until is it completed and sent in to the U.S. Department of Education. Also each participant can be given an ACT fee waiver.  List of scholarships that a participant maybe eligible is viewed and information made available.

What Can I Expect If I Were Accepted Into The UB Program?

What You will Give/Your Time and What You Will Get /Academic Enrichment

1 to 2 Saturdays each month at NWACCMonitoring of your academic progress
6 weeks each summer at NWACCDevelopment of better study skills
Be able to use your talent   Cultural Enrichment
C's or better grades in school  Opportunity to travel and attend events
Full potential toward academic excellence      Personal & Social Development-goal setting
An  "I can do it " attitude     How to use the Decision –making process


Your Future In UB

  • Commitment to stay in the program through until high school graduation.
  • Commitment to attend and graduate from a four year college.
  • Commitment to set and strive for goals of excellence in academics, personal growth, career choices, social development, morals and cultural awareness.

Financial Compensation

Up to a $40 stipend per month during the academic year.  Up to a $60 stipend during the summer session.

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