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Upward Bound Program

The Moreno Valley College Upward Bound Program was the first TRIO Program established in 1964. Upward Bound is part of the national TRIO programs in partnership Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD). Upward Bound is an interactive, intensive pre-college experience designed to prepare students from low-income, first generation backgrounds for college. Upward Bound serves an average of 60 MVUSD high school students, of which over two-thirds are usually from low income, first-generation backgrounds.

In 2017, Upward Bound received a five-year $1.285 million award.

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Upward Bound students at the University of Southern California Congressman Mark Takano with TRiO Director, Micki Grayson Upward Bound students with Moreno Valley's Mayor Gutierrez


Eligibility and Applying

Upward Bound provides applicants with interactive and intensive pre-college experiences. Interesting in joining? Apply today!

Please see list of requirements:

  • Be a citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States
  • Attend Valley View High School
  • May not be a senior at the time of application
  • Meet the U.S. Department of Education Income Guidelines for TAXABLE INCOME and household size (view income guidelines).
  • Be a potential first generation college graduate (i.e., neither natural/adoptive parent/legal guardian with whom the student is living has received a bachelor (4-year) degree at the time student is accepted)
  • Have a "need" to be in the program (i.e., be able to benefit from participation)


Program Services

Upward Bound accomplishes its mission by utilizing a multidimensional approach and by providing comprehensive services, including:

  • Tutoring
  • Professional and peer mentoring/networking
  • Field experiences to colleges/universities, laboratories, and professional facilities
  • College/career awareness workshops
  • Academic advising
  • Family engagement workshops
  • Assistance with completing college, financial aid, scholarship, and internship applications
  • Financial literacy workshops
  • Saturday academy programs
  • Six-week aummer experience
  • Senior Summer Bridge
  • Referrals to special research, leadership, and internship programs
  • College admission test preparation
  • Opportunities for concurrent enrollment
  • Opportunity to earn elective high school graduation credits
  • Access to fee waivers for college applications and admission tests


Program Highlights

Upward Bound seeks to give students a well-rounded and exciting introductory college experience. Events and program highlights include:

  • Cash for College Night
  • UC College Information Night
  • Senior Bootcamp
  • Winter Wonderland Ultimate Study Jam Session and Study Break
  • College and Career Tours
  • University Networking Events


Target Population

  • High school students from Valley View High School from low income, potentially first generation backgrounds with potential in math and science
  • Foster youth, disconnected youth, homeless/McKinney Vinto youth, English Language Learners
  • United States Citizen or Legal Residency


Contact Us

Phone Number:

(951) 571-6382


Student Services 112


Contact us today!


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