How do I apply to TRiO Upward Bound?

How do I apply to TRiO Upward Bound?

TRiO Upward Bound Eligibility

TRiO Upward Bound Eligibility

To be eligible for Upward Bound, students must:

  • meet the family income guidelines established by the federal government and/or be a potential first-generation college student (neither parent has a four-year college degree)
  • complete the application package and interview with Upward Bound staff
  • be committed to attending post-secondary education
  • demonstrate a willingness and desire to actively participate in all program activities
  • be enrolled at one of the following high schools within Columbia, Northumberland and Schuylkill counties:
    • Berwick
    • Mahanoy
    • Milton
    • Mount Carmel
    • North Schuylkill
    • Pottsville
    • Shamokin
    • Shikellamy

If you have questions regarding eligibility or the application process, then please contact our office at 570-389-4280 or talk to your designated Academic Tutor and School Counselor.

Application Materials

If you feel that you meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Education, we encourage you to request an application. Please email us at to request application materials and schedule a time to meet an Upward Bound staff member!


    U.S. Department of Education: The Federal TRIO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes six outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

    Council for Opportunity in Education: The Council for Opportunity in Education is a nonprofit organization, established in 1981, dedicated to furthering the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the United States. Through its numerous membership services, the Council works in conjunction with colleges, universities, and agencies that host TRIO Programs to specifically help low-income Americans enter college and graduate.

    MEAEOPP: The Mid-Eastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MEAEOPP) is a regional association of educational opportunity personnel from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

    PATRiO: The mission of the Pennsylvania Association of TRiO Programs is to engage Pennsylvania TRiO program personnel in professional and leadership development, legislative affairs, increased communication, collaboration and support of student success and lifelong learning.

    TRiO Student Support Services at Bloomsburg University provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next.