Eligibility & Application


Students must meet the following eligibility criteria in order to be considered for the Upward Bound program:

  • A desire to attend a postsecondary institution
  • Evidence of potential to succeed in a post-secondary institution
  • Eligibility as defined by federal family income guidelines and/or parents’ education level
  • Currently enrolled one of these target high schools: Fort Dodge Senior High, Marshalltown High School, South Tama County High School

Students must have completed the 8th grade, be between the ages of 13 and 19, and have a need for academic support in order to pursue a program of postsecondary education.

All students must be either from low-income families or be potential first-generation college students. The program requires that two-thirds of the participants in a project must be low-income and potential first-generation college students. The remaining one-third must be either low-income or potential first-generation college students.

Students are selected based on a number of criteria including: academic need and performance, student’s self-assessments and teacher/counselor recommendations.

Application & Important Forms

The Upward Bound application along with other important forms can be found below.

Contact Us if you would like an application mailed to you.