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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Upward Bound?
The Upward Bound program is a college preparatory program that encourages academic success in high school with the goal of obtaining a college degree.

Who is eligible to participate?
Students must attend Smoky Mountain, Swain, Franklin or Cherokee high school and be at least a rising 9th grader to apply. Students must meet one of the two criteria – either be a potential first generation college student or the family meets income guidelines.

How much does it cost?
All services are provided free of charge including tutoring services, college visits, and the Summer Institute.

How and when do new participants apply?
Students can apply at any time. Most student begin the program as rising 9th graders or during their 9th grade year in high school.
Students can download Part I (Apply Now) or see their school guidance counselor for an application.

Which schools are served by Upward Bound?
Smoky Mountain, Swain, Franklin, and Cherokee high schools

What is expected of Upward Bound participants?
Attendance in activities during the school year and the Summer Institute; maintain at least a 2.5 GPA, and commit to the program throughout high school.

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