Frequently Asked Questions about ORS Upward Bound Programs

What services do Upward Bound programs provide?


Services provided include:


  • Personal academic counseling
  • Tutorial services for STAAR exams & secondary education courses
  • Information on postsecondary education 
  • Exposure to college campuses
  • Information on student financial assistance for postsecondary education
  • Financial literacy training
  • Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications 
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams 
  • Workshops for the families of participants
  • Summer college-going simulation program, focusing on math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language.
  • Field site visits

How are Upward Bound programs structured?

During the academic year, the Upward Bound programs provide tutors and academic counselors for an after-school enrichment program at each participating target high school. Periodically throughout the academic year, the programs will host workshops for students and their families, and field trips to colleges, universities, and field site visits.

During the summer break, Upward Bound programs host a 6-week summer program designed to simulate a college-going experience, focusing on math, laboratory science, composition & literature, and foreign language.

The Upward Bound Programs from Opportunity Resource Services are committed to serving students and their families by providing flexible, customized programming to meet each student’s needs. The goal of the programs is to supplement the activities and programs in which students are already involved. Therefore, ORS Upward Bound program staff will make every effort to accommodate each student’s schedule.

Who is eligible to participate in Upward Bound programs?

Upward Bound programs serve students at our target high schools who come from low-income families and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound programs is to increase the rate at which these students complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.


What does it cost to participate in Upward Bound programs?

Both UB and UBMS are 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education for a period of five years. There is no cost to students or their families to participate. In fact, students who actively participate are eligible for a monthly stipend during both the academic and summer components. There also is no financial cost to the target schools who partner with an Upward Bound program.


What is the difference between Classic Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science?

Classic Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science both have the same core purpose of preparing students for college. UBMS has the additional goal of helping students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science, while encouraging them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science.


Do I have to be interested in a math or science career in order to participate in Upward Bound Math & Science?


No. You can participate in UBMS if you are planning on going to college to study any field; however, the goal of the program is to encourage students to participate in math/science fields, and many of the activities and events of the UBMS program will be related to math & science.


Many students are interested in fields that they don’t automatically relate to Math & Science. Some math & science fields we will study include:


Automotive Engineering

Nursing and other medical fields

Forensic Science and Criminology


Graphic Design and Digital Photo Editing

Business Finance & Accounting


The UBMS program is currently only available to students at Alvarado High School.


How do I join UB or UBMS?

Both Classic Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science are very rewarding programs. Go ahead and start the application process today! Go to the Upward Bound page or the Upward Bound Math & Science page in order to download an application.


 Where can I find more information?

The Department of Education has information regrading the Upward Bound Program and all other TRiO Programs at their website.