The University of North Texas at Dallas submitted the first Upward Bound application in its history on November 28, 2016. UNT Dallas requested funding of $1.2 million from the U. S. Department of Education to begin an Upward Bound (UB) Project for a five-year period to serve 60 eligible 9th – 12th grade students each year. The UNT Dallas UB Project will encourage low income and potential first-generation college students to complete secondary school; enroll in post-secondary education; and publicize the availability of, and facilitate the application for, student financial assistance for persons who seek to pursue postsecondary education or complete these programs. The Principal Investigator for the Upward Bound Project is Dr. John Gasko, Dean of the School of Education. UNT Dallas now awaits a response from the Department of Education. UNT Dallas will continue to apply for TRIO funding as it is available.

The university also recently renewed its application to be considered a Hispanic and Minority-Serving Institution (HSI and MSI). This designation will allow the university to apply for and receive additional grant and federal funding in the future.