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
Las Plumas H.S.Oroville H.S.Willows H.S.
Live Oak H.S.River Valley H.S. Pleasant Valley 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 19, 2023 until further notice)

2023 Annual Low-Income Levels for Participant Eligibility

Size of Family Unit

48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions



































"For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $7,710 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $9,645 for Alaska; and $8,865 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 poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register  on January 19, 2023 and are effective as of January 19, 2023."

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