About TRIO Upward Bound

TRIO Upward Bound, hosted by Finlandia University, is designed to stimulate and motivate high school students to pursue a program of post-secondary education who come from modest income backgrounds and/or families where their parents do not have a bachelor’s degree. The program is 100% federally grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education. Upward Bound serves students in the three-county area of Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw, Michigan. All services are FREE to participants.

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TRIO Upward Bound Services

  • Study Labs

  • Saturday Academies

  • One-on-one Tutoring & Academic/Career Counseling

  • College/University Tours

  • College Application Fee Waivers

  • SAT/ACT Fee Waivers

  • College Application & Essay Assistance

  • Monthly Stipends for Participation

  • Six Week Summer Program


Population Served

  • TRIO Upward Bound serves 88 participants from Baraga, Houghton & Keweenaw counties

  • Grades 9-12

Department of Education Requirements

  • Modest-income and/or;

  • Potential first-generation college students (Custodial parent[s] has not graduate from a four-year college or university)

  • Priority to students in target schools and students who are both modest-income and potential first-generation

  • US Citizen or legal permanent residency

  • Completed the 8th grade

  • Have college potential (recommended 2.0 GPA or higher). Grade reports, test scores, attendance records, and/or counselor recommendations may be requested.


TRIO Upward Bound Success

  • Nationally 40% of high school graduates will move to education beyond high school, 78% of TRIO UB participants entered some form of education beyond high school.

  • Nationally 12% of students who fit the TRIO UB participants profile complete a 4-year bachelor’s degree in a 6-year window, 26% of program participants have completed a 4-year degree.

  • TRIO UB hosted by Finlandia University is doubling national averages for students coming from backgrounds similar to our program participants.

*Program statistics have been compiled over the last 15 years. National statistics are from the Pell Institute.