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To foster an atmosphere where high school students and adults of all ages feel empowered to pursue their educational goals, without real or perceived barriers. We do this by providing academically enriching courses; tutoring; academic counseling; financial literacy; mentoring; career exploration; cultural enrichment and leadership development. We also strive to provide judgment-free counseling, allowing us to meet our adult learners wherever they are on their life’s journey. Our services promote college access and success, as well as personal development to a combined 1,333 high school students and adult learners. 
The TRIO programs were the first national college access and retention programs to address the serious social and cultural barriers to education in America. TRIO began as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty, with Upward Bound as an experimental program in the Educational Opportunity Act of 1964. In 1965, the Higher Education Act created Talent Search. And in 1968, Special Services for Disadvantaged Students (later known as Student Support Services), was founded. Together, this “trio” of federally-funded programs encouraged access to higher education for low-income students. To date, TRIO programs have grown to seven student serving programs and remain a vital pipeline to opportunity, serving traditional students, displaced workers, and veterans: Educational Opportunity Centers and Veterans Upward Bound (1972); Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (1986); and Upward Bound Math/Science (1990). TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education by providing a myriad of services, from middle school through post-graduate. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Chicago State University is one of over 3,100 education institutions and agencies offering federal TRIO programs, to more than 812,000 students. Currently, CSU offers two TRIO programs, Upward Bound II and Project SUCCESS Educational Opportunity Center. The CSU TRIO Programs are dedicated to providing access to postsecondary education opportunities for high school students and adults.


CSU TRIO Programs

Upward Bound Program (UB II)

Chicago State University houses one Upward Bound program, serving a combined 60 low-income high school students who have potential to attend college, but need supplemental academic and counseling services. The Upward Bound program began at Chicago State University in 1982.  The original UB program was Project F.A.M.E., representing Female and Male Excellence. Currently our UB program targets high school students from Bowen High School & Chicago Vocational Career Academy.  Participants receive instruction in literature, composition, mathematics and science after school, weekends, and during the summer. The goal of the Upward Bound program is to contribute to the cultivation of future leaders by providing high school students with a variety of academic, leadership, and cultural enrichment opportunities designed to generate high levels of achievement in precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Eligible participants must be low-income and or potential first-generation college students living in the program’s target area or attending one of the program’s target high schools. Services are provided virtually or on site, as appropriate.


Project SUCCESS/Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

Chicago State University has one Educational Opportunity Center, which is the oldest of six EOC’s in the state of Illinois and serves 1,165 adults within 30 Chicago area communities, as well as throughout the state. Project SUCCESS/EOC, funded since 1991, is designed to provide potential first generation, low-income adults (19 years and older) with information regarding educational, financial aid, and career opportunities. Services offered include assistance with college applications and financial aid forms, assistance in locating scholarship and other sources of financial aid, career planning and counseling, and referrals to GED and other programs as needed. Services are provided virtually or on site, as appropriate.


Our Teams

Nayshon Mosley

Dr. Nayshon T. Mosley

Dean of Student Success

(773) 995-5212

Ms. Kenya Weaver


(773) 995-3974


Mrs. JoAnn Kyle

TRIO Support Specialist

(773) 995-2566


Mr. Jarrett Silmon

Project Counselor

(773) 995-2573 

Mr. Brian Johnson


(773) 995-5214 


Ms. Carla Smith

TRIO Support Specialist

(773) 995-5215 


Daniel Brown

Mr. Daniel Brown

Project Counselor

(773) 995-5226  



The TRIO Programs at CSU also employ a number of teachers, federal work study students and contractual workers to support our high school scholars and adult learners.


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Are you eligible to participate? 

Upward Bound

Upward Bound LogoUpward Bound scholars must be committed to the successful completion of high school and college. Participants must possess a personal commitment and be willing to work hard towards that goal, have a sincere desire to expand their knowledge, and demonstrate perseverance.  


Prospective participants will be:

  1. A citizen or national of the U.S; a permanent resident of the U.S.; or is in the U.S. for other than a temporary purpose, but has evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Services of their intent to become a permanent resident;
  2. A low-income individual; a potential first-generation college student (neither parent has a 4-year degree); or an individual who has a high risk for academic failure;
  3. An individual with a need for academic support;
  4. At least 13 yrs old, but not older than 19 and has completed the 8th grade. 


Educational Opportunity Center

Upward Bound LogoEducational Opportunity Center participants must express a desire to enroll or already be enrolled in a program of postsecondary education and requests information or assistance in applying for admission to, or financial aid for such a program. Our counselors offer personal assistance in matching your interests and needs with an appropriate educational program. 

Prospective participants will be: 

  1. A citizen or national of the U.S; a permanent resident of the U.S.; or is in the U.S. for other than a temporary purpose, but has evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Services of their intent to become a permanent resident; 
  2. 19 years of age or older (or classified as a senior in high school);
  3. A low-income individual or a potential first-generation college student (neither parent has a 4-year degree);
  4. Not currently enrolled in a four-year institution and who have not earned a 4-year degree
  5. Residents of Chicago or the surrounding suburbs.







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