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Upward Bound is a fully funded grant program under the TRIO branch of the U.S. Department of Education. Upward Bound serves 134 9-12th grade high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. Upward Bound provides fundamental support and motivation to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits.


Upward Bound students participate in a variety of Academic Year and Residential Summer School activities at CSU Monterey Bay - designed to help them reach their full academic and personal potential.


  • Instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in high school and beyond
  • Academic, financial, or personal counseling
  • Tutorial services
  • Exposure to academic programs and cultural events
  • Information on post secondary education opportunities
  • Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance and placement exams


Upward Bound offers free services to students who meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Low-Income and 1st generation College Bound Student
  • G.P.A 2.5 or above
  • Completes Application

Upward Bound

(831) 582-4600