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FAQ

  • How much does the program cost?
  • How much do Upward Bound field trips (like college tours) cost?
  • Do students have to participate in both components of the program?
  • If workshops, tutoring/advising sessions, and/or activities are canceled, how will students be notified?
  • Does Upward Bound provide scholarships?
  • Do students have to go home every other weekend during the Summer Residential Phase?
  • Can parents/guardians visit during the week during the Summer Residential Phase?
  • Does Upward Bound provide transportation to workshops or events?
  • Can students bring their cars to campus during the Summer Residential Phase?
  • Can students bring cell phones to the Summer Residential Phase?
  • Does participation in Upward Bound mean that I have to attend Ohio University?
  • Can students work while participating in Upward Bound?
  • Do students receive high school or college credit for completing Upward Bound?
  • Who supervises Upward Bound students when they are on campus during the Summer Residential Phase?
 
How much does the program cost?
Absolutely nothing! Students will receive a $20 stipend for each workshop they attend during the academic year, which is provided to cover travel costs. Also, all summer costs (except hospital fees) are paid for by Upward Bound, and students receive a $20 stipend for each week they are present during the Summer Residential Phase.
 
How much do Upward Bound field trips (like college tours) cost?
All expenses are paid by the program during both the summer and academic year. Students may bring extra spending money for novelty items/souvenirs bought from any shop visited during the field trip (i.e. college bookstore or college souvenir shop).
 
Do students have to participate in both components of the program?
Yes, it is required for Upward Bound students to participate in both the Academic Year Phase and Summer Residential Phase. This includes scheduled workshops and activities, after-school tutoring, and advising sessions during the academic year.
 
Students must contact the UB office in advance in order for an absence to be considered “excused.” An excused absence is related to a school or family activity, illness, or work. Three or more unexcused absences may lead to dismissal from the program.
 
Moreover, it is imperative that all UB students participate in the Summer Residential Phase because this session helps students prepare for the upcoming school year and gain skills necessary for a healthy transition to college.
 
Students receive an academic year calendar through the mail at the beginning of the school year. This information can also be found on our website (CLICK HERE for the workshop homepage).
 
If workshops, tutoring/advising sessions, and/or activities are canceled how will students be notified?
An Upward Bound staff member will contact you by email or phone if a scheduled Upward Bound activity (e.g. tutoring, advising, workshop, etc.) is canceled.
 
Does Upward Bound provide scholarships?
No, Upward Bound does not give participants scholarships. Instead the program provides students with the skills, information, and resources necessary to navigate through financial aid and the scholarship application process. However, Upward Bound does offer the Ray & Marilynn Skinner Upward Bound Scholar Athlete Award (UBSAA). More information can be found HERE.
 
Do students have to go home every other weekend during the Summer Residential Phase?
Yes; it is important for students to go home every other weekend for several reasons. This is an opportunity to rest and prepare for the upcoming week, to have quality time with family, and to prevent homesickness. In addition, these weekends give UB staff time to rejuvenate and prepare for another week of providing students with quality programming and academic enhancement.
 
Can parents/guardians visit during the week during the Summer Residential Phase?
No; parents/guardians cannot visit during the week because students are in scheduled classes and must follow a specific routine in order to adjust to their new environment. The schedule also supports the academic instruction provided by teachers, advising/tutoring by Tutor/Mentors, and the required daily study table hours.
 
The Sundays that UB students stay on campus are deemed “family days.” This means that parents/guardians can pick up their student beginning at 8AM and visit with their student all day. Students must return to campus by 8PM that day in order to prepare for class the next day. Furthermore students may leave campus during the week for appointments, and written notification from the parent/guardian must be received in advance.
 
Does Upward Bound provide transportation to workshops or events?
Yes, Upward Bound provides all transportation for scheduled field trips (e.g. college tours, museums, career fairs, etc.) during the Academic Year Phase and Summer Residential Phase. Though, parents/guardians are responsible for bringing their student to McCracken Hall for said activity or event.
 
All drivers (independently contracted or reserved through Ohio University transportation services) are trained professionals that hold a commercial driver's license (CDL) and are certified to operate 15-passenger vans, charter buses, or other large motor vehicles.
 
Can students bring their cars to campus during the Summer Residential Phase?
No, students are not allowed to bring their cars to campus because parking lot spaces are limited to college students and faculty staff with permits only; all other parking spaces are metered. Transportation during the week or weekend is provided by Upward Bound, and by parents/guardians on family days and/or weekends home.
 
Can students bring cell phones to the Summer Residential Phase?
Yes, students are allowed to bring their cell phones to the Summer Residential Phase, but cell phones may not be used during any UB activity, class, study table, or advising session. The use of a cell phone during any of these events is a distraction to both staff and other students, and will not be tolerated.
 
Does participation in Upward Bound mean that I have to attend Ohio University?
No, Upward Bound simply provides students with the knowledge, support, and resources necessary for a healthy transition to the college of their choice. We want students to attend a college/university that meets their specific needs and will provide them with the right support, curriculum, and financial aid to be successful. Though, it is a requirement that UB seniors apply to at least three colleges/universities, including Ohio University, but it is not mandatory that they attend OHIO if accepted.
 
Can students work while participating in Upward Bound?
Yes, students may work and participate in Upward Bound as long as the student communicates any potential absences with us so that they are excused. Additionally during the Summer Residential Phase students may work on those weekends at home because this would not interfere with required class attendance and scheduled activities.
 
Do students receive high school or college credit for completing Upward Bound?
Most of Upward Bound's partnership high schools provide a level of recognition on the student’s high school transcripts if they successfully completed the Summer Residential Phase. It is either noted that they were a participant in UB, or the high school issues elective credits for certain subjects (e.g. art, physical education, etc.), but college credit is not issued. High school guidance counselors receive students’ grade cards after the Summer Residential Phase is complete.
 
Graduated seniors who have been accepted into the UB Bridge Program receive college credit from an OHIO class (this is part of the Summer Residential Phase). These students take an OHIO class during the summer session, and the credit hours earned transfer to the student’s academic transcript, and thus the college/university they attend.
 
Who supervises Upward Bound students when they are on campus during the Summer Residential Phase?
Upward Bound students are supervised by trained and experienced professionals (teachers, tutor/mentors, and the UB office staff). Many of these people have worked for the program for several years. All staff is required to attend an intensive five day training and professional development series to learn UB guidelines, procedures, and policies. The program is committed to maintaining the safety of our students; students are under constant supervision (24/7) while they are living in the residence hall. Additionally all students have access to the various handbooks that contain strict codes of conduct. If these rules of conduct are violated, students will be immediately dismissed from the program.
 

 

 

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