TRIO: Upward Bound

Upward Bound is an equal opportunity, federally funded, U.S. Department of Education TRIO program, providing free college readiness programming for high school students whose family's taxable income meets federal low income guidelines, and/or whose parents did not earn a bachelor's degree (student would be the first generation in their family to graduate with a bachelor's degree).

The Hibbing Community College TRIO Upward Bound (HCC UB) program provides academic and life skills advising as well as social and cultural activities designed to build student’s academic skills, motivation, and the self-confidence necessary to succeed in college. HCC -UB serves 50 students from Hibbing, Chisholm, and Nashwauk-Keewatin School high schools.

Students may be accepted into Upward Bound once they have completed 8th grade, or prior to completing 11th grade. Once accepted into Upward Bound, a student stays in the program all throughout high school, and receives support to transition into college.


  • Support students in achieving academic goals.
  • Provide educational, college exploration and engagement opportunities to disadvantaged college-bound youth.
  • Motivate students to pursue higher education upon completion of high school.
  • Support student’s personal, cultural, social and academic development.
  • Assist students and parents with college and financial aid application processes.


Academic Year Services include, but are not limited to: tutoring/study sessions, academic, time management and life skills advising, college visits, cultural experiences, ACT preparation, and monitoring and tracking of student academic progress. HCC UB students receive assistance with college and career research and selection, college admissions processes, and completion of financial aid and scholarship applications.

HCC Upward Bound staff are available to meet with UB high school students individually and in group sessions during the school day and after school. Students utilize this time to finish homework and study for exams.

HCC UB programming also includes monthly programming that typically occurs on a selected Saturday of each month. These Saturday "Academies" provide a variety of academic engagement and cultural programming that include time management, goal setting, college and career exploration, and co-curricular and service-learning activities.

Summer Services include a six-week academic summer program with emphasis on basic and higher-level skill improvement in academic courses. UB students choosing the residential option reside in Hibbing Community College apartments Sunday nights through Thursday nights throughout the first five weeks, attending academic courses Monday-Friday taught by college and high school faculty that are specifically designed to give Upward Bound students a head start on the next year's high school courses.

In addition to the Summer Program's intense academic curriculum, students experience cultural, social, and recreational activities designed to foster personal growth, build leadership skills, enhance teamwork, and broaden student awareness and appreciation of the world. Students go home on the weekends.

The final week includes a 4-5 day (depending on the trip destination) educationally- oriented trip that includes college visits.

TRIO Upward Bound Students Get Paid For Being in the Program! UB participants may earn up to $40 a month during the academic year for participation in UB programming. During the summer program, participants may earn an elective credit from their high school plus up to $90 for successful completion of the summer program. Rising seniors successfully completing a professional Mentorship may earn up to $200. Graduating seniors have the opportunity to participate in the Summer Bridge Program and have one summer HCC college course and books paid for by the HCC Upward Bound program. Advising, tutor services and college transition support are also offered each summer.