TRIO Upward Bound

TRIO Upward Bound at Central Lakes College

The Upward Bound Program transforms high school students into college students. The program provides educational services to modest income and first generation high school students to equip them in graduating from high school, enrolling into a college or university, and completing their post-secondary education.

The Upward Bound is funded by the US Department of Education (DOE) under the Higher Education Act, Title IV, TRIO Programs. The first Upward Bound grant was awarded to Central Lakes College in 2003. At present, Central Lakes College has three Upward Bound Programs that serve the following schools: Brainerd, Bertha-Hewitt, Browerville, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Isle, Nay Ah Shing, Onamia, and Pierz.

Students and families have depended on TRIO programs to succeed academically in high school and college. Since 1965, an estimated two million students have graduated from college with the special assistance and support of our nation’s TRIO Programs. Congress initially established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life.

These programs are funded under Title IV of Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO Programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

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