Upward Bound (UB1 & UB2)

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.

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 programs provide timely academic assistance and personalized guidance to qualified high school students who want to enhance their options for college by concentrating on their academic and personal development.


Upward Bound students meet weekly after high school for:

  • Advising and tutoring with ECC students and advisors.
  • Special activity sessions focused on group communication skills and personal development.
  • Career and college workshops.

In addition, there are campus visits and sessions scheduled on Saturdays during the school year for all Upward Bound students and a summer non-residential component.

Program Eligibility

The Upward Bound Programs serve students in grades 9–12 at Elgin, Bartlett, Dundee-Crown, Larkin, South Elgin, and Streamwood high schools. These students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Demonstrated financial need.
  3. Potential first-generation college student (neither parent(s)/legal guardian(s) graduated from a four-year college or university in the U.S.).

To apply for the program, contact the Upward Bound office for an application form. Forms must be printed and signed by the parent/guardian before submission to ECC.