TRIO Upward Bound

What is TRIO Upward Bound?

TRIO Upward Bound is an educational program offered during the summer and academic year for high school students from low-income families; and families in which neither parent holds a bachelors degree. The goal of TRIO Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary school and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. It strives to develop the academic and personal skills a student will need to successfully complete college. TRIO Upward Bound is funded by the United States Department of Education (Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965).

TRIO Upward Bound reflects Mercer County Community College's mission to provide services and activities that support individual student success. These services include:

  • Supplemental academic instruction
  • After school tutoring
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • College visits
  • Peer and Group counseling
  • SAT preparation
  • ACT preparation
  • College application and financial aid instruction

In order to be eligible for TRIO Upward Bound you must:

  • Attend high school
  • Meet eligibility guidelines
  • Demonstrate academic potential
  • Present recommendations from principals, teachers, and counselors
  • Live in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Attend Trenton Central High Schools
  • Accept students from TCA and Foundation


The mission of Upward Bound is to encourage and assist people who are traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education because of income, family educational background, disability, or other relevant federal, state, provincial or institutional criteria, in the preparation for entry to, and completion of a post-secondary education. 

Upward Bound Program
COVID- 19 TRiO Upward Bound Updates

Upward Bound provides a multitude of services including but not limited to college tours, after school tutoring, academic counseling, summer enrichment opportunities and fee waivers for the SAT and ACT.

Participants of Upward Bound learn to research the vast field of careers, select a major and navigate any college campus. As an Upward Bound member, students will enjoy hands on classes and career simulations as well as innovative and fun workshops that will help them reach their leadership potential.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Mercer TRiO Upward Bound has moved its services to a remote-delivery model.

Mercer Upward Bound is accepting applications from students in the 9th grade at Trenton public school and charter high schools and for current eighth graders who anticipate attending a Trenton Central High school, Trenton Catholic Academy or a Charter School in Fall 2021. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. If you have a student that is ready to make a commitment to the program please ask them to complete the application online. Program staff will contact applicants who submit the application form and meet program eligibility requirements, including interviews.

We appreciate everyone's flexibility as we establish and navigate this new process. If you wish to reach out to Upward Bound, please email or Updates are sent to program participants and their families regularly via email and text message.

In the meantime, we urge you to keep yourself, family and your larger community safe by practicing social distance and following the CDC guidelines.