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TRIO Upward Bound

The goal of TRIO Upward Bound is to increase college enrollment and graduation rates for students from low-income households or from homes where neither parent has earned a bachelor's degree. The program provides academic support, emotional encouragement and assistance with the college application and financial aid process as a means of overcoming social barriers to higher education. It strives to teach you the skills you will need as you aspire to go to college. The program is funded by the United States Department of Education (Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965).


  • Tutoring and mentoring
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • College visits
  • Guidance counseling
  • SAT prep fee waived
  • College application and financial aid instruction
  • Transit tokens to and from program
  • Free lunch
  • Rewards for honor roll and perfect attendance

Academic Year TRIO: The academic year begins in October and ends in May. Students attend Saturday morning classes at the College, including math, English, an elective and a senior seminar. Additionally, the program provides tutoring after school during the week. For seniors in the program, the emphasis is on applying to college and applying for financial aid.

Summer TRIO: During the eight-week summer program (June through early August), students will receive academic instruction in math, science, English and foreign languages. Additionally, you can choose an elective and participate in life skills training and workshops. You will also go on weekly cultural trips and college visits plus, in the final week of the program, take an overnight trip. A small stipend is provided for your participation in the summer program.

Applying to TRIO Upward Bound

In order to apply, you must be entering 9th or 10th grade at one of the following high schools: Benjamin Franklin and South Philadelphia. You must either be the first person in your family to go to college and/or must qualify as low income by the U.S. Department of Education’s guidelines.

You must complete an application and an interview in order to qualify for the program. A complete application includes personal identification information, two teacher recommendations, a copy of your high school transcript and income verification information.

Download and complete a new student application.
You are expected to remain in the program until graduating from high school.

Contact Us

Almie Contarino, Director, 215.751.8780
Administrative Assistant: 215.751.8780