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All TRIO Upward Bound services have moved online

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we moved our services online. All in-person services are suspended until further notice.

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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 student application graphic

Upward Bound Initial Application

Please complete your Upward Bound Initial Application via our webform.

Student Handbook

Upward Bound Student Handbook 2020-2021 (pdf)


  • Keanya Jackson, Program Assistant
  • Jamil Henderson, Precollege Advisor
  • Sabrina Donegan, Assistant Director
  • Vincent Cunningham, Associate Director
  • Domonic Cobb, Director, Office of Minority Student Affairs & TRIO Programs

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