What is Upward Bound?                                                                               

Upward Bound is one of three federally funded TRiO programs hosted by Feather River College. It is a year-round educational program for motivated students with academic potential who want to continue their education after high school.

FRC Upward Bound serves 56 students from the following high schools: Chester High, Greenville High, Quincy High, Portola High and Plumas Charter School - Quincy, Chester, and Indian Valley sites.

The program provides:

  • Tutoring
  • Academic advisement
  • Enrichment courses
  • SAT prep
  • College tours
  • College admissions assistance
  • Financial aid and scholarship assistance

In addition, Upward Bound provides an intensive six-week summer component where students receive a real college experience by taking classes on the FRC Campus. Students of Upward Bound commit to participation in the program for the duration of high school.

Upward Bound has helped thousands of students succeed since 1966. Because Upward Bound is a federally funded TRiO Program, there is no cost to participate.

The criteria that make you eligible for this program are:

  • Neither of your parents have a four-year college degree and/or
  • Your family meets certain low-income criteria *
    (Established by the U.S. Government) 

    *Foster Youth automatically qualify


Upward Bound students participate in the following:

  • Weekly lunch meetings at each high school
  • Tutoring - 24/7 tutoring service
  • Quarterly Saturday academies
  • Community service projects
  • Cultural field trips
  • College site visits
  • Six-week summer program

Meetings and Academies

Upward Bound Advisors provide the following at weekly lunch meetings and Saturday academies:

  • Academic enrichment and guidance regarding course selection
  • Career exploration
  • College research and selection
  • Financial aid and scholarship assistance
  • College application assistance
  • Assistance signing up and preparing for the SAT and ACT

Summer Program

Upward Bound conducts a six-week summer program where students attend classes at Feather River College.

Our students participate in a wide variety of academic, cultural, social, and recreational activities during the summer program, which allows them to experience different aspects of college life while still in high school. Our summer program includes courses in math, English, science, foreign language, and student leadership.  Students begin the summer with a leadership camp and will also attend a trip to explore different college campuses at the end of the summer program.


Upward Bound participants who attend all advisor/tutoring meetings and Saturday Academies will receive $40 per month throughout the academic year. Participants can also receive $60 per month while participating in the summer program.

Internship Program

Students with the highest attendance in the summer program are eligible to intern in a field related to their career interests and can earn up to $300 for their participation. Internships are subject to availability but serve as a great experience for our students.

How do I apply to Upward Bound?

If you have access to a printer, you can download the application download the application HERE, fill it out, print it, sign/date it, and email it to aselby@frc.edu

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