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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Eligibility & Student Application

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If taxable income is at or below the amount listed for your family size, you would meet the income eligibility requirement. Be sure to use taxable income (IRS 1040, line 43; 1040A, line 27; 1040EZ, line 6) and not adjusted gross income.

Students can enter the program as early as the completion of the 8th grade (most join in 9th) and as late as 11th grade. Remember, the program serves students from Blue Earth Area, LCWM, Madelia, Mankato East, Mankato West, and Maple River.

We serve up to 86 students during the academic year and about 50 during the summer (40-45 in the regular summer program and 5-10 in the bridge program for recent graduates). Students not attending either of these summer programs will be offered a 4 day study skills/career exploration workshop after the regular program ends.

The U.S. Department of Education expects Upward Bound participants to remain in the program until they complete high school, graduate on time, enter postsecondary education and then complete postsecondary studies.

To Be Eligible...

To be eligible for the Upward Bound Program, a student must, at the time of admission:

  1. be at least 13 years old and have completed the 8th grade and must not have completed the 11th grade,
  2. have the potential and desire for academic success in high school and postsecondary education, and have some need for academic improvement,
  3. be from a low income family (as determined by the U.S. Department of Education; see income table below) or from a family in which neither parent has graduated from a four-year college.

(You must also be a U.S.A. citizen, a permanent resident alien, or legally in the country with intent to become a resident.)

Federal Family Income Levels for Program Eligibility
Family Size Taxable 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

Student Application

To apply for the Upward Bound Program, fill out a [PDF] Student Application (282 KiB). Since this application is in PDF format, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.

If you wish to submit an application, print it out and complete, sign and mail it.