Application Process

Thank you so much for your interest in Upward Bound at UNH! Upward Bound is a federally funded college preparatory program. Its mission is to help eligible students prepare for and go on to and graduate from college. Furthermore, Upward Bound is entirely free to eligible participants. We encourage you to explore this website to find out more about our program, view our recruitment slideshow and follow us on Facebook and Instagram!


Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program that provides academic support to low-income and/or first-generation college bound students. To be eligible for Upward Bound, you and your family must meet certain conditions:

  • You must be a US citizen, or a permanent resident, or refugee in the process of applying for permanent residency.
  •  Your family income should fall within the limits listed in the application (pdf) OR be of the first generation in your family to potentially complete a four-year college degree; that is, the parent(s) or guardian(s) you live with may not have earned a four-year degree.
  •  Demonstrate academic promise and have college aspirations.
  •  Attend one of our target high schools: Farmington, Manchester (Central, Memorial, West  or MST), Spaulding, or Somersworth.


Interested students may complete the application online or download and email the completed application to your school's UB Advisor.

Student Application and Eligibility Form (pdf) 

Once we have received your completed materials, we will review your application. If you are selected for an interview, an Upward Bound staff member will contact you to set up an interview appointment. Interviews last about thirty minutes. Admission into the program is based on financial and academic eligibility, academic need, readiness for program services and available space.