Application Process for Prospective Students
The Upward Bound program at UC Irvine is proud to serve the students of Anaheim (Katella, Loara, Anaheim High Schools) by helping them achieve their goals of going to college. All interested students must complete and turn in an application during the recruitment window. Please refer to the information below to determine eligibility.
Have Questions? Interested candidates and their parents/guardians must attend an information session Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Katella High School OR Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Loara High School OR Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Anaheim High School in English or Spanish. See the attached flyer (Info Session) for more specific times and locations about infomation sessions. See the attached flyers (English, Spanish) for a short overview of our Upward Bound Program.
How to Apply
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1. Eligibility Requirements

Basic Requirements

  1. Student must be a current 8th, 9th, or 10th grader who is attending either Anaheim, Katella, or Loara High School in the Anaheim Union School District.
  2. Student must be a U.S. citizen or a Permanent Resident.
  3. Student must have a minimum 2.00 overall GPA and be recommended by a teacher or counselor.
  4. Student must be planning to attend college after graduating form high school.

Addtional Requirements

Prospective students must also meet at least one of the following requirements:

Family Income Eligibility

To be financially eligible, prospective students must meet the federal family income guideline established by the U.S. Department of Education (federal family income guideline are subject to change).

Size of Family Unit Family Income
1 $18,210
2 $24,690
3 $31,170
4 $37,650
5 $44,130
6 $50,610
7 $57,090
8 $63,570

* For family units with more than 8 members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,480 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $8,100 for Alaska; and $7,455 for Hawaii.

* The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

* The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register on January 18, 2018.

To be financially eligible, prospective students must meet the federal family income guideline established by the U.S. Department of Education (federal family income guideline are subject to change).

Family Educational Background

Potential first-generation college student means:(1) An individual neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree; or (2) A student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one natural or adoptive parent and whose supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree.

2. Apply

The deadline to submit the Upward Bound Application is Friday, March 8, 2019.

Please go through the application process prior completing the application form.

Step 1. Complete Program Application
  1. Create a Gmail account.

    If you already use Gmail, you may use your existing account. However, the program recommends that students use email addresses that look professional so that it can be used when applying to colleges and scholarships in the future.

    A professional email address is usually a combination of the students First, Last, and Middle Initials. For example, a professional looking email address for a student named "Joe A. Student" could be:


    Tip: If you have to use numbers in your email address, try to avoid using your birthday, year of birth, or graduation year.

  2. Complete the Upward Bound New Student ONLINE application by Friday, March 8, 2019.
  3. Write a Personal Statement and email it to:
    Please email your Personal Statement through your Gmail account.

    DON'T STRESS OUT! The purpose of the personal statement is not to test or evaluate your writing ability. Your writing ability will not factor into our decision to accept you into the program. The purpose of the personal statement is to give you the chance to tell us more about yourself to help us determine if you can benefit from Upward Bound services. There is no minimum or maximum length for the paper. Just tell us about yourself using your own words.

    Instructions for Personal Statement

    - Use Times New Roman font type, 12pt font, Double-spaced.

    - On the top right side of your personal statement write:

    1. Your Full Name
    2. Your School
    3. Your Student ID

    - Write your personal statement using the following guidelines:

    Introduce yourself. For example: I am the oldest, youngest, or somewhere in between so many brothers and sisters. Include something about your place of birth, your family, and your home life.

    Write about your experience at your school, and describe those experiences.

    Discuss your reasons for wanting to go to college. What are your special interests (music, sports, computers, biology, business, law...etc.)?

    Discuss how you feel you are doing in school. Are you satisfied with your present grades? If not, what are the factors that have contributed to your low grades: no place to study at home, work after school, illness? Discuss your extracurricular activities. Do you have any special hobbies or talents such as singing, playing an instrument, playing a sport, writing poetry...etc?

    Discuss the future. Why are you applying to Upward Bound at the University of California, Irvine? What are your hopes and plans? Have you decided on a career goal?

Step 2. Attend Program Orientation Meeting
  1. Once you have completed the ONLINE application, AND we have received your Personal Statement, an email will be sent to your Gmail account with more information and an invitation to attend an Upward Bound program orientation meeting.

  2. You, and at least one parent/legal guardian, MUST attend ONE of the program orientation meeting in order to be considered for the program.

  3. You MUST bring with you the following documents to the Orientation Meeting:

    • A copy of your Transcript. You can get one from your school counselor.
    • Parent/Legal Guardian's most recent Income Tax Form (IRS Tax Form 1040 or 1040 EZ).
      • If parent/guardian does not file income tax, please provide a letter describing the family's financial situation and source(s) of income, such as:
        • Social Security
        • Welfare Benefits
        • Veteran's Benefits
        • Unemployment
        • Disability
    • A copy of student's social security card
      **If you have concerns or questions about providing any of the documents above, click here.**
    • Schedule of Classes. Click here to download the Schedule of Classes form.
    • Recommendation Form. Click here to download the recommendation form and ask a teacher, counselor, or another adult who knows you well to complete it.

Step 3. Student Interview
  1. After the program orientation meeting, students will be contacted for an one-on-one interview.

  2. The interviews will take place at your school site during school hours.

  3. Interviews will typical take about 10 minutes, and will play a big factor in the final selection process.

  4. Students should print out and complete the Pre-Interview Worksheet to prepare for the interview.

Application Assurances

  • All information submitted during the application is kept strictly confidential. Upward Bound will never share or release an applicant's personal information to anyone other the applicant.
  • Once your application and required documents are received, they are securely filed away and can only be accessed by the Upward Bound program.
  • Even if an applicant is not selected to participate in the program, all information will continue to be securely stored and protected.
3. Contact Us
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact:

Julie Lindo
Assistant Director
(657) 549-1783

Center for Educational Partnerships
120 Theory, Suite 150
Irvine, CA 92697-2505