Upward Bound Projects

Upward Bound S.T.E.M

Fact Sheet

In 2013, Chico was awarded a fourth Upward Bound in the form of a STEM program.

Upward Bound STEM is a year-round program for motivated students with academic potential and who are interested in math, science, engineering and information technology. Participants must have a goal of attending college. Upward Bound STEM provides the following services to students:

    • Weekly academic tutoring
    • Test preparation workshops
    • Parent workshops in their native language
    • Six week summer residential program
    • Leadership development
    • Laptop and equipment loan program
    • Assistance with A-G college prep course selection
    • Financial aid and college application assistance
    • College visitation trips
    • Research with university faculty and graduate students

Participant Eligibility

Participants must be entering grades 11 or 12. Family income must meet the criteria established by the US Government OR neither of the parents have a 4-year college degree. Selection is also based on recommendations from teachers, grades, test scores and a personal interview. You must be attending one of the following high schools:

Eligible high schools
Oroville H.S.River Valley H.S.Pleasant Valley H.S.
Live Oak H.S.Willows H.S. 

-or- from any MESA, Educational Talent Search (ETS) or Upward Bound program in Northern California.

Annual Low-Income Levels for Participant Eligibility:

(Effective January 13, 2021 until further notice)

2021 Annual Low-Income Levels for Participant Eligibility
Size of Family Unit48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying JurisdictionsAlaskaHawaii

"For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,810 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $8,520 for Alaska; and $7,830 for Hawaii.

The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The 2021 poverty guidelines are in effect as of January 13, 2021. Federal Register notice was published February 1, 2021."

(Source: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html)