Become a student

Eligibility requirements

Are you ready to apply?

  • 18-26 years old (in most locations). 18-30 in Charlotte, Los Angeles, Manassas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and South Florida
  • High school graduate or GED
  • Low to moderate income
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident, DACA recipient, or employment authorization card
  • Live within commuting distance of a Year Up location. Although Year Up has shifted to a hybrid program model, you must be able to regularly attend in-person days.
  • Available five days a week (M-F) for the entire duration of the program
  • Highly motivated to learn new technical and professional skills
  • Fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (by January 2, 2022), unless you have a medical disability or sincerely held religious belief that prevents you from receiving the vaccine
More information about vaccination requirements can be found here.


Do you have DACA status?

Year Up strongly supports DACA and welcomes young adults with DACA status. For more, see our DACA GUIDANCE page.

Quick Reminder:

Year Up has shifted to a hybrid program model, combining in-person and virtual learning opportunities for students and interns.
However, to be eligible for Year Up you must be within commuting distance to the physical location you are applying for the duration of the program.
*You will learn more about what hybrid will look like in your area throughout the onboarding process

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

"Click the "Apply" button anywhere on the website, then follow the prompted steps to get started. You'll gain access to information sessions, staff support, and your application form* - it takes less than 20 minutes to complete! *Depending on location you may be redirected to schedule an info session OR create an account to apply in our student portal.

Step 2

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. Interviews are currently being held virtually.

Step 3

We will notify you once your acceptance status has changed via email. If you created a portal account, you'll sign your decision letter there!

Step 4

Complete program pre-work, an academic assessment, and college program materials (note: this is only necessary if you're applying to a college-based Year Up program). You will submit supporting documents including proof of high school diploma or GED, proof of ability to work in the U.S. (we welcome DACA), references, and true screen background check.

Step 5

Once accepted, your year of learning valuable technical and professional job skills and training begins! You can look forward to a supportive community of peers and staff, career training in both personal and professional skills, courses eligible for college credit, stipend payments, a corporate internship, a professional mentor, and our ongoing support throughout the duration of the program and beyond.

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