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How to Apply




  • Student applies by filling out personal information on page 1 and 2 of application

  • Parents complete Family Financial Statement and Transcript Release Form

  • Guidance Counselor completes recommendation, after receiving the signed Transcript Release Form

  • Math, Science, or English teacher completes recommendation


Completed applications can be sent to Upward Bound or turned in at the high school’s Guidance Office. Before returning application, please be sure that signatures are included.


Student Interview

An Upward Bound staff member meets with each applicant at their high school to discuss the student’s interest.


Parent/Family Interview

An Upward Bound staff member may meet with the applicant’s family at their home or school to discuss the program in depth and answer questions.

Upward Bound at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education that is committed to providing modest-income first-generation college-bound students the academic background, college preparatory experiences, and support needed to succeed in college immediately after high school.


Our program works with seventy-five area high school students from the Northeast Kingdom who are required to meet one of the two following criteria: they will be the first in their family to graduate from college, or they are from a low to moderate-income family. Two-thirds of our students must meet both of these requirements.



Upward Bound students spend six weeks of their summer on the campus of Northern Vermont University – Lyndon. Our students have four hours of college preparatory course work during the mornings, three hours of volunteer work in our community each afternoon, and spend evenings engaged in a variety of activities designed to expand their educational opportunities and promote cultural and inter-personal growth to further prepare them for post-secondary education.

If you have questions about the application, eligibility, or about the program in general please feel free to call our office at (802) 626-5000 M-F from 8:30 - 4 or click the "Message Us" Button to contact an Upward Bound counselor directly.

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