The Upward Bound Bridge Program is an extension of regular Upward Bound services. The program is an instrument to ease the transition from high school to college. The Bridge Program is offered to Upward Bound graduating seniors who are enrolled in college for the fall semester of their graduating year. Bridge students are offered two transferable college courses for three credit hours each. Students are eligible for the same services as regular Upward Bound students. Students may live on campus or commute to class. While class schedules vary, Bridge students may attend as many cultural activities as feasible. A stipend of $30.00 every two weeks is allotted to each Bridge student as long as the student is making academic progress in his or her classes.
Upward Bound pays all expenses, tuition, travel, room and board for participants while attending the summer Bridge Program. Students considering the Bridge Program need to understand that certain requirements are necessary. Students need to attend both sessions. If a student withdrawals from the summer class, or drops out of the program, they will be responsible for the tuition for the class(es). Bridge students must complete the summer Bridge Program with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale. Grades will be recorded on permanent college transcripts.
To be eligible for the Upward Bound Bridge program students must:
- Enroll in and satisfactorily complete at least one dual enrollment course prior to their high school graduation.
- Possess a cumulative high school G.P.A. of at least 2.5 upon graduation.
- Have satisfied a college-bound track of high school course requirements upon graduation.
- Be in good academic and behavioral standing with their high school and Upward Bound.
- Attend the Upward Bound Senior Retreat.
- Have taken the SAT and received a score of 900 or greater.
- Be enrolled in college for the fall semester following high school.