There are three components to FDTC's Upward Bound Program, all of which are free to participants:
- The Academic Component provides academic instruction and tutoring. This component is held from August through May. Instruction and tutoring are offered on Saturdays at FDTC. Tutoring sessions are also held at their respective high schools. Students participate in various social, academic, and cultural group activities. Students are paid a $12 stipend each Saturday.
- The Summer Component consists of a variety of academic, social and cultural activities at both non-residential and residential college programs. This component consists of a 4-week non-residential program at FDTC and a one week residential program at Francis Marion University, followed by a one week trip. Students are paid a $15 stipend per week. All activities provided to participants are free of charge.
- The Bridge Component offers opportunities for high school seniors to earn three college credits at no cost.