Veterans Upward Bound

The purpose of the Veterans Upward Bound Program (VUB) is to provide intensive basic skills development in those academic subjects required for successful completion of a high school equivalency program and for admission to postsecondary education programs for 125 veterans. The program will also provide short-term remedial or refresher courses for  veterans who are high school graduates, but who have delayed pursuing postsecondary education. Finally, the program will assist veterans in securing support from available resources such as: the Veterans Administration, State veterans associations, and various state and local agencies that serve veterans. The goal is to develop an individualized program that fulfills the academic and personal needs of each participant.

Eligibility for the Veterans Upward Bound Program:

  1. Be a U.S. military veteran with more than 180 days of active duty; OR
    Have served on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States and was discharged or released because of a service connected disability; OR
    Have been a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States and as called to active duty for a period of more than 30 days; OR
    Have been a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States who served on active duty in support of a contingency operation (as that term is defined in section 101(a)(13) of title 10, United States Code) on or after September 11, 2001.
  2. Have a discharge that is any type other than dishonorable.
  3. Qualify as low-income according to guidelines published annually by the U.S. Department of Education; OR
    Be a potential first-generation college student; OR
    Be an individual who has a high risk for academic failure, as defined by:
    Having been out of high school or dropped out of a program of post-secondary education for more than five years; OR
    Having scored on standardized tests below the level that demonstrates a likelihood of success in a program of post-secondary education; OR
    Meets the definition of an individual with a disability as defined in 645.6(b).
  4. Have a need for academic support, as determined by the grantee, in order to pursue successfully a program of education beyond high school.
  5. Be a citizen or national of the United States; OR
    Be a permanent resident of the United States; OR
    Be in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and provide evidence from the Immigration & Naturalization Service of his/her intent to become a permanent resident; OR
    Be a permanent resident of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; OR
    Be a resident of the Freely Associated States – the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau.

Participants in the program receive:

Academic Counseling

  • Academic Assessments
  • College and Course Selection
  • Study and Test-Taking Skills Workshops

Career Counseling

  • Job-Interviewing Techniques
  • Resume Workshops
  • Career Searches
  • Professional Speakers

Personal Counseling

  • Individual and Group Counseling


  • Assistance in Course Subjects
  • Computer Science

Short-Term Remedial Courses

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Foreign Language

Financial Aid

  • Scholarship Searches
  • Assistance with Completion of Applications

Field Trips

  • Visits to Educational and Cultural Sites

Our general services are free, but specialized services and books for prep classes may require a fee. All information remains confidential.

For more information, contact a VUB staff member at (256) 372-4600.

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