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Program Eligibility

students-pcsThe Upward Bound Programs at New Mexico State University serve high school students from Alamogordo Public Schools (APS), Gadsden Independent School District (GISD)/Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS), and Hatch Valley Public Schools (HVPS).

Students wishing to participate in the Upward Bound Programs must meet the following requirements:

  • Is a U.S.citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Is a potential First-Generation college bound student; meaning the student’s parent (s) have not received a Bachelor’s/4-year degree
  • Meets Federal Low-Income Guidelines
  • Demonstrates a need for academic support
  • Completed 8th grade but not 10th grade
  • Enrolled at one of the target schools; Gadsden,Santa Teresa, Las Cruces, Mayfield, Onate, Hatch Valley, or Alamogordo High School.


The NMSU TRIO Upward Bound Programs are looking for students who:

  • Want to attend college to receive their Bachelor’s degree
  • Are committed to attend all scheduled Upward Bound events year round
  • Complete assigned work, participate in activities and have good attendance


In order to be considered for the program, you must complete the application and submit supporting documentation.  You will find information regarding the application process on the Apply Now tab.