Eligibility & Application


Students must meet the following eligibility criteria in order to be considered for the Upward Bound program:

  • Be a first-generation student (neither parent has a 4-year college degree)
  • Meet the federal family low-income guidelines 
  • A desire to attend a post-secondary institution
  • Currently enrolled in at Fort Dodge Senior High, Marshalltown High School, or Perry High School
  • Have completed the 8th grade
  • Be between the ages of 13 and 19
  • Have a need for academic support in order to pursue a program of postsecondary education

The Upward Bound program requires that two-thirds of the participants must be low-income and potential first-generation college students. The remaining one-third must be either low-income or potential first-generation college students. 

Students are selected based on a number of criteria including academic need and performance, student’s self-assessment, teacher/counselor recommendations and space availabilty.

Application & Important Forms

Click here for the UB Application in PDF format.

Contact Us if you would like an application mailed to you.

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