Public Affairs

CSU Receives Nearly $9 Million in Grants for Upward Bound Programs

May 15, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded the California State University nearly $9 million for 27 Upward Bound projects, which will help about 2,100 high school students acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college.

Upward Bound programs at the CSU, which are mainly based on campuses, assist low-income students in the local area graduate high school, gain admission to the university of their choice and earn a baccalaureate degree. Upward Bound projects provide students with a variety of opportunities, such as college campus visits, work-study programs, tutoring, mentoring, counseling and cultural enrichment.

In total, the U.S. Department of Education awarded $245 million for 780 Upward Bound projects, benefitting approximately 60,000 students across the nation. The Department will be awarding an additional $9 million in a second round of grants in the near future, which will result in the program providing a total of over $260 million to serve almost 62,000 students.

CSU grantees include Chico State, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Fresno State, Cal State Fullerton, Humboldt State, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State L.A., CSU Monterey Bay, Cal State San Bernardino, San Diego State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State San Marcos, Sonoma State, the University Corporation at Cal State Northridge and the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc.