Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of postsecondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs.

All Veterans Upward Bound projects must provide instruction in mathematics through pre-calculus, laboratory science, foreign language, composition and literature. Projects may also provide short-term remedial or refresher courses for veterans who are high school graduates or GED recipients, but have delayed pursuing postsecondary education. Projects are also expected to assist veterans in securing support services from other locally available resources such as the Veterans Administration, state veterans agencies, veteran associations, and other state and local agencies that serve veterans.

Eligibility

  • U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Veteran – A person who served on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States
    • For a period of more than 181 days, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and who was discharged or released from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable or
    • After January 31, 1955, and who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service connected disability
  • Potential first-generation college student – An individual neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree
  • Low-income individual – An individual whose taxable income did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount in the calendar year preceding the year in which the individual initially participates in the project. The poverty level amount is determined by using criteria of poverty established by the Bureau of the census of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • Academic/Career AssessmentsAcademic, career assessment to help veterans become aware of their abilities and to help them clarify their goals.
  • Postsecondary enrollment
    Assist veterans in choosing the right school for the program they’re interested in; help with filling out admissions applications.
  • Financial aid assistance
    Assist veterans in locating sources of financial aid and assisting them filling out the financial aid applications and /or veterans education benefit forms.
  • Computer based training
    Online computer led instruction in mathematics through pre-calculus, laboratory science, foreign language, composition and literature. Software tutorials are also provided for Microsoft Office Suite: Excel, Access, Word & PowerPoint.
  • Individual/group counseling
    Individual and group counseling on academic, personal, financial and career concerns.
  • COMPASS Test Prep
    Individual and group workshops and information sessions to assist veterans in preparing for the COMPASS college placement test.
  • Financial Literacy
    Individual and group workshops and information sessions to assist veterans in understanding basic financial concepts such as budgets and debt management.
  • Referrals
    Individuals are referred to local agencies that will address veterans basic needs such as GED prep, basic computer literacy, and other services.