Aspiring Upward Bound Students

To qualify, you must:

  • Be enrolled in the 9th or 10th grade
  • Have a GPA of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Meet federal income guidelines
  • Be a first-generation college student
  • Enroll in the Indiana Core 40 curriculum in high school
  • Have a strong desire to attend college
  • Complete the Upward Bound application process
  • Be enrolled in one of the following high schools:
    • Arsenal Technical
    • Warren Central
    • Emmerich Manual

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  • August–September: Applications accepted
  • October–November: Interviews
  • November 18: New participant orientation

Application Instructions

  • Please print in ink or type your response. Leave nothing blank.
  • Please take all recommendation forms to your counselor and your appropriate teachers. Turn in your completed application to your high school guidance counselor if you did not fill out the online form. He or she will forward the form to the Upward Bound office on your behalf.
  • After all application materials are received, someone from the Upward Bound office will contact you to arrange an interview with both you and your parent or guardian. The interview will allow the Upward Bound staff to verify information provided in the application, as well as provide an opportunity for parents and students to gain further insight into program expectations and activities.
  • When scheduling the interview, parents will be asked to bring proof of your family's income and proof of the student's citizenship. Students will not be admitted until all paperwork has been turned in. The following are acceptable forms of documentation of income:
    • A signed copy of your family's most current federal tax forms (e.g., Forms 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040PC)
    • Proof of a recent eligibility letter from a caseworker or public assistance agency that verifies the family's level of income or assistance
    • A recent Social Security or veteran's benefit award letter
  • For proof of citizenship or residency, students must bring in one of the following combinations of information:
    • A birth certificate and Social Security card
    • A permanent residence card and Social Security card

Contact Us

815 W. Michigan Street
IUPUI Taylor Hall
Lower Level, B07
Indianapolis, IN 46202


9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.