Students must have completed the 8th grade, be between the ages of 13 and 19, and have a need for academic support in order to pursue a program of postsecondary education. All students must be either from low-income families (low-income guidelines) or be potential first-generation college students. The program requires that two-thirds of the participants in a project must be both low-income and potential first-generation students. The remaining one-third must be either low-income, first-generation college students, or students who have a high risk for academic failure. Upward Bound strives to provide services to students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless, students who are in foster care or are aging out of foster care system or other disconnected students. They must also attend one of the target schools as stated in the grant awarded by the Department of Education. All applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.