Tri-County Upward Bound is one of 816 Upward Bound programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education across the United States and its territories. Upward Bound programs were created in 1965 as component of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. Tri-Co has been in existence since 1999. Our mission is to assist economically disadvantaged high school students from Cheatham, Houston and Stewart counties with college enrollment. Students can also qualify for participation if they are the first in their immediate family to potentially enroll in college. Participants are usually selected during their freshman or sophomore year. Usually based on college campuses, Upward Bound programs typically provide tutoring, instruction, counseling and cultural enrichment during the academic year. The summer component consists of a six-week college simulation experience. Summer Session is a residential experience on APSU's campus with students living in a residence hall and participating in academic enrichment classes, elective classes and recreational/cultural activities. Students who remain in the program through their senior year of high school are provided with instruction and counseling in college enrollment, ACT preparation (and fee waivers), financial aid, career assessments and study skills instruction. All services provided by Tri-Co are entirely free to participants.
Tri-County Upward Bound Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $250,000 for FY 15-16 and sponsored as a free community service by Austin Peay Sate University.