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TRIO—Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound Application Process

Applying to the Upward Bound Program requires completing an application and gathering necessary documents to submit to the program for review. Before completing an application, discuss with your parent/guardian the eligibility requirements for the program. Feel free to call our office if you have any questions.

The students applying for the Mills College Upward Bound Program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident or in the process of becoming a resident
  2. Must be first generation (Neither parent has a BA/BS or 4-year college degree)
  3. Family’s Taxable Income must meet Federal TRIO Low-Income levels or family receives federal or state assistance such as food stamps, free lunch, AFDC, Cal-Works, Section 8, etc.
  4. Attend one of our Target Schools

If you meet these meet these eligibility requirements and would like to apply, we invite you to complete our online Student Interest Form and we will reach out with next steps.

Please be advised that our application process will include the following:

  • Two-page application
  • School Personnel Recommendation
  • Income Verification: (Public assistance documentation, food stamps, free lunch, AFDC, Cal-Works, Section 8, or Tax Forms)
  • Short Autobiography:
    • We invite you to begin your response to our application questions: Why would you like to participate in the Mills College Upward Bound Program? Do you think you are doing your best in school? Why or Why not? What do you do with your free time? What will you do if activities or responsibilities you have conflict or happen at the same time as Upward Bound activities or responsibilities?

Feel free to start gathering this information while you wait to hear back from us.

Any Questions?

Please feel free to contact us. We can be reached by phone at 510.430.2177.

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Academic Year
10:00 am–6:00 pm

Contact Information
TRIO Programs
Reinhardt Hall C Wing
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
P: 510.430.2177
F: 510.430.2309
E: trio@mills.edu

Directions to TRIO Office
from Mills campus entrance

Last Updated: 9/26/18