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Upward Bound

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About the Upward Bound Program

The Upward Bound Program at ECC is a federally funded college preparation program that helps eligible high school students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to enroll into college and to successfully graduate from college.

What does Upward Bound cost?

Nothing! Upward Bound covers the cost of program services, including tutoring, field trips, and college courses. Students in Upward Bound are eligible for fee waivers for college applications and SAT/ACT costs.

Program Eligibility

  1. Are you a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident?
  2. Would you be the first in your family to graduate from a four-year college or university in the United States
  3. Do you have financial need?

How to Apply

Students and parents/guardians can fill out the brief Upward Bound application below to apply.

Upward Bound Application

Who does Upward Bound serve?

The Upward Bound Program at ECC serves dedicated and ambitious high school students in grades 9 - 12 from Elgin, Dundee-Crown, Larkin, and Streamwood High Schools who want to enroll and succeed in college.

To be eligible for Upward Bound, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. The student is a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.
  2. The student is a potential first-generation college student (meaning neither parent nor legal guardian graduated from a four-year college or university in the U.S.). OR
  3. The student lives in a "low-income household," according to the Department of Education.

If you’re unsure whether you meet these eligibility criteria, please apply anyway. We will notify you of your eligibility status.

Did you know? - Upward Bound Student Success Data

  • Data indicates that UB students:
    • Earn higher grades
    • Earn higher test scores
    • Are more likely to enroll in college
    • Are more likely to graduate from college
  • Students participating in Upward Bound programs are more than twice as likely to continue in college and four times more likely to earn an undergraduate degree than non-Upward Bound students from similar backgrounds.

Donate to our scholarship fund

Since 1995, Upward Bound at ECC has provided educational services to help local high school students enroll in college. Your contribution will go towards a scholarship fund for the students in the Upward Bound Program to aid them as they pursue higher education. Together, we can continue making an impact in our community.


Donate to the scholarship fund

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Your contribution will go toward helping students in the Upward Bound Program.

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Upward Bound

Building K, Room K102

Monday through Thursday: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Friday: Closed