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We all have something that drives us to be our best. Turn your passion into a plan, and join us for a breakout year of career growth.

How To Apply

Below are the basic steps for applying. The application process may vary slightly in your area. But don’t worry, we’re always here to help you along the way.

Application Process

STEP 1: Attend Your Info Session

We know our program is different than the norm. That’s why we want to make sure you understand all we offer and how far Year Up can take you. Take the first step. Join us for a live virtual info session (recommended), or attend a self-guided online info session. We typically offer in-person info sessions, but due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, all info sessions will be virtual for the foreseeable future.

STEP 2: Complete Application

Submit application and supporting documents. Documents include proof of high school diploma or GED, work history, proof of ability to work in the U.S. (we welcome DACA), references, and a brief personal essay. We’ll provide the application after your info session.

STEP 3: Academic Review

The academic review and assessment help our career and education experts understand your starting point so that we can support your learning and professional development in the best way possible.

STEP 4: Attend Your Interview

We want to hear about you. Why are you interested in Year Up? What motivates you? How can we help you overcome any obstacle to your success in our program? Knowing our students is the first step in giving them the best training possible.Our interviews usually take place in-person, but due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, all interviews will be virtual for the foreseeable future.

STEP 5: Enroll In College

If applying to a college-based Year Up program, you need to also apply and enroll with our college partner and complete the FAFSA form to secure financial aid. We can help with the details, but suggest you start these applications along with your Year Up application.

STEP 6: Your “Year Up” Begins

If accepted, your year of learning valuable technical and professional skills begins. You can look forward to career training, courses eligible for college credit, stipend payments, a corporate internship, a professional mentor, and our ongoing support.

How you can become a Year Up student

Classes begin every March and September. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the class is filled. We encourage you to apply early, as space is limited.

Step 1: Submit an Interest Form

Let us know you’re interested. Fill out a student interest form.

Step 2: Attend an Information Session

Information sessions are held Wednesdays from 2:15pm-3:15pm, Thursdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm, and Fridays from 10:15am – 11:15am unless otherwise indicated. An appointment is required to attend an information session. Please call 401.421.7819, ext. 1166 to schedule your appointment or go to

Step 3: Complete An Academic Assessment & Submit an Application

Academic Assessments take place immediately following the Information Session or, can be scheduled for a later date. You will fill out the application on-site after submitting the academic assessment.

Step 4: Interviews

If you meet eligibility requirements, our staff will invite you in for an interview. You will need to arrive on time and in professional dress. Applicants will be notified of our admissions decision via telephone or postal mail.