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Welcome to TRIO Upward Bound at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Upward Bound, housed in the Office of Minority Student Affairs, has been a part of the Illinois community since 1966. We at Upward Bound, are committed to providing our students with high quality academic, cultural, and career related activities designed to prepare and equip them to successfully complete high school, enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution and obtain a baccalaureate degree.

Upward Bound students on the UI Springfield campus

Upward Bound Program Highlights

College visits

  • Visits to a number of public and private intuitions across the US

Academic support

  • Tutoring in Math, English, Science and Foreign Language
  • SAT/ACT preparation
  • Course planning
  • Study skills

Financial Aid/Scholarships

  • FAFSA Completion
  • College scholarships search


  • Year-Round programming in the Summer and Academic Year


  • Career and Major Exploration
  • Cultural enrichment activities

Upward Bound Program Eligibility

Before you apply, please be sure you meet the following criteria:

  • Attend (or will attend) one of following high schools
    • Centennial High School
    • Central High School
    • Urbana High School
  • Maintain citizenship, permanent residency, or are in the process of becoming a permanent resident of the United States
  • Meet federal guidelines based on income and/or educational background of parents
  • First-generation (neither natural or adoptive parents has obtain a baccalaureate degree)
Upward Bound summer application graphic


Upward Bound 2020 Summer Program

Application Form (pdf)

Please email a completed copy of your form to by April 10th, 2020.

Upward Bound Initial Application

Complete and submit a copy of the student application (pdf) to:

TRIO Upward Bound
Office of Minority Student Affairs
Student Services Building, Suite 130
610 E John St.
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-1889

Student Handbook

Upward Bound Student Handbook 2020-2021 (pdf)


  • Keanya Jackson, Program Assistant
  • Jamil Thompson, Precollege Advisor
  • Sabrina Donegan, Assistant Director
  • Vincent Cunningham, Associate Director
  • Domonic Cobb, Director

For more information about eligibility, program services or general questions, contact Upward Bound at (217) 333-1889.