Upward Bound

TRiO programs are designed to identify and provide services to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The ECC TRiO programs serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school through postsecondary programs.

Due to Covid-19, we will not be accepting in-person document submissions until further notice. We have created a new application form and electronic documents for easy submission. If you need to schedule a document drop-off, please speak with the appropriate contact for the program you would like to apply for. For Upward Bound I, please contact Dr. DeSean E. Coleman by email at dcoleman@elgin.edu or call 847-214-6942 or Tanya Ocampo by email tocampo@elgin.edu or call 847-214-7903 to schedule a document drop-off. For Upward Bound II, please contact Dr. Elaine Blair by email at eblair@elgin.edu or call 847-214-6946 or Mireya Castillo by email at mcastillo@elgin.edu or call 847-214-7406 to schedule a document drop-off.

Counselors and teachers are encouraged to recommend students.

About the Upward Bound Programs

The Upward Bound Program at ECC is a college prep program for high school students who are potential first-generation college students or low-income. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Upward Bound Programs serve students in grades 9 - 12 at Elgin, Dundee-Crown, Larkin, and Streamwood high schools. They provide timely academic assistance and personalized guidance to qualified high school students who want to enhance their college options by concentrating on their academic and personal development. Upward Bound students meet weekly to keep things moving.

Did you know?

  • Students participating in Upward Bound programs are more than TWICE as likely to remain in college and FOUR times as likely to earn an undergraduate degree than non-Upward Bound students from similar backgrounds.
  • Eighty-five percent of Upward Bound graduates attend Elgin Community College after high school.
  • Ninety-eight percent of Upward Bound students persist to the next grade level.
  • Ninety-five percent of Upward Bound students are retained in the program each year.
  • One hundred percent of Upward Bound students graduate from high school.
  • Seventy-nine percent of Upward Bound students have a 2.5 or better GPA at the end of the school year.
  • One hundred percent of Upward Bound graduates enroll in post-secondary education after graduation.

The Upward Bound Program at ECC is a college prep program for high school students who are potential first-generation college students or low-income.

Program Eligibility

Ready to apply?

  1. Are you a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident?
  2. Can you demonstrate financial need either through verifiable public benefits or tax returns?
  3. Are you the first in your family to potentially graduate from a four-year college or university in the U.S.?

If you meet the following criteria, you’re invited to apply.

Upward Bound I Application

(Dundee-Crown High School, Larkin High School, and Elgin High School)

Upward Bound II Application

(Streamwood High School and Elgin High School)