TRIO_Upward Bound


To generate skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school among low-income and potential first-generation college students and veterans. The goal of the program is to increase the academic performance and motivational levels of eligible enrollees so that such persons may complete secondary school and successfully pursue and complete a postsecondary educational program.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Postsecondary Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Subpart 2, Title IV, Part A, Section 402C, 20 U.S.C 1070a-13.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth, combinations of such institutions, agencies and organizations, and as appropriate to the purposes of the program, secondary schools.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Low-income individuals and potential first generation college students who have a need for academic support in order to successfully pursue a program of postsecondary education. Two-thirds of the participants must be low-income individuals who are also potential first generation college students. The remaining one-third must be either low-income, first-generation college students, or students who have a high risk for academic failure. Required low-income criteria are stated in application materials. Except for veterans, who can be served regardless of age, project participants must be between 13 and 19 years old and have completed the eighth grade but have not entered the twelfth grade (exceptions allowed).
Costs will be determined in accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). OMB Circular No. A-21 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-122 applies to this program (non-profit organization). This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Develop a proposal in accordance with regulations, application and timetables issued by the Secretary of Education. No State plan is required. Requests for program applications should be made to the Federal TRIO Programs, College and University Preparation and Support Team. This program is subject to the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).
Award Procedure
Selected nonfederal field readers who are not employees of the Federal Government evaluate new proposals on the basis of the selection criteria specified in 34 CFR 645.31 and 34 CFR 645.32. Grantees will be selected on the basis of rank order of total scores and availability of funds.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 180 days.
The program statute requires a second review of unsuccessful applications. The Department implements the second review process in accordance with the process specified in 34 CFR 645.35. An unsuccessful applicant requesting a second review must provide evidence that the Department, an agent of the Department, or a peer reviewer made a technical, administrative, or scoring error in the processing or review of its application.
Continuation awards for up to 5 years approved on an annual basis; subject to the availability of funds and the grantee is meeting the conditions of the grant and making substantial progress toward meeting the project objectives.
How are proposals selected?
For new awards, applicants will be selected on the basis of the criteria set forth in 34 CFR 645.31 and 645.32. Contact the program office for additional information.
How may assistance be used?
Projects must provide academic tutoring services, advice on and assistance in selecting secondary and college courses, assistance in preparing for college entrance exams and in completing college applications, information on student financial aid and assistance in completing financial aid applications, services designed to improve financial and economic literacy, and guidance and assistance in re-entering and completing secondary school. Projects may also provide exposure to cultural events, academic programs and other activities not usually available to disadvantaged youth; personal and career counseling; information on career options; summer college campus residential programs; services specially designed for students with disabilities or limited English proficiency, homeless children and youth, and students in foster care; and to pay stipends to students, not to exceed $40 a month during the academic year and $60 a month during the summer. A grantee may not use the project as part of its recruitment program. Separate projects provide special services for veterans and for students with a special interest in math and science.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance reports are required on an annual basis. No cash reports are required. Progress reports are required for a project in its first year of funding. Expenditure reports are required. Performance monitoring is required.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR 75.702, 74.61.
In accordance with (EDGAR) 34 CFR 75.730, 75.731, and 75.732 and 34 CFR 645 43(c).
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. The statue establishes a minimum grant amount.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Five year projects; annual awards. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Contact the program office for the information.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Department of Education regional offices. See Appendix IV in the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Ken Waters Student Service Division, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 1990 K St., NW, 7th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20006-8510 Email: Phone: (202) 502-7586.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $321,689,000; FY 15 est $322,292,000; and FY 16 est $322,292,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies by competiton. In FY 2014, the smallest award was $169,913 and the largest award was $852,958. The average award was $313,843.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
EDGAR and regulations 34 CFR 645.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.


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