The TRIO Upward Bound program is a federally funded college prep program designed to serve low-income, first-generation college students.
The East Campus at Pima Community College is eager to continue its partnership with Palo Verde High School, Santa Rita High School, and the PPEP Tec "Victor Soltero" High School. Criteria for enrollment in the program include meeting federal income eligibility levels and being a potential first generation college student (where neither parent nor guardian holds a bachelor's degree). Potential candidates for Upward Bound must commit to preparing themselves for post-secondary education before being accepted into the program. The program is free to those who are accepted and meet the program's requirements. Upward Bound provides students bus passes for those who need them and stipends for exemplary participation. Students only have to give their dedication and time for the remainder of their high school years to receive maximum benefits from the program.