Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a federally funded program designed to help qualified military veterans prepare to enroll in a postsecondary school (university, community college, and vocational/technical programs) of their choice. VUB provides skills and advice to enable veterans to achieve their academic goals.
Definitely not! We will assist any qualified veteran no matter what school he or she plans to attend. We will help you choose the best program and school to fit your individual needs.
To benefit from our FREE educational services you must meet a few simple eligibility requirements:
- Participants must
- have at least 180 days of active duty service, or---
- if less than 180 days, must be released for medical reasons, or---
- be member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces called to active duty for a period of more than 30 days, or---
- be a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces who served on active duty in support of a contingency operation on or after September 11, 2001.
- all discharges qualify except dishonorable.
- All participants must be either low-income (based on family income and number of dependants) or potential first generation college students (neither parent earned a 4-year degree) or be a veteran with academic need.
- All participants must demonstrate academic potential as well as have academic need. Not all students have the same needs. Some students require academic and computer coursework to refresh their skills, while others need more help in cutting through the red tape associated with college enrollment.
- All participants must have the desire and willingness to learn.
If you are not sure if you qualify give us a call, we’d be glad to explain the eligibility requirements in further detail.
NO! All VUB classes, books, and supplies are FREE to qualified veterans.
When you begin the VUB program you will work one-on-one with an academic advisor to discuss your interests and your short-term and long-term goals. Academic assessments are completed to determine your strengths, then a plan is developed to help you reach your goals. Any academic needs can be worked on by attending our FREE academic refresher courses, tutoring, or by working independently on our internet-based programs. Finally, we will assist you with school applications and the financial aid/G.I. Bill process. We will also help you make contacts with other agencies providing services to veterans.
The answer to this question depends on several factors, including your high school preparedness, your VUB assessment test scores and your internal drive to succeed. Do not shortchange yourself by planning to be in VUB for just a few weeks. While some students may only require minimal work, others will want to attend classes for a longer period of time. The staff can advise you as to how long you might want to spend in our classes. The staff will also advise you of when you are ready to move on to your chosen school.
No. Although all services are free to qualified students, including our academic refresher courses, we do not provide financial aid for college, university, or technical school. We can, however, help you with the financial aid and GI Bill application processes, scholarship applications, and put you in contact with the appropriate financial aid officials at your prospective school.
No. However, we do offer career counseling to assist you in choosing a college major appropriate for your life goals.
Yes. Using a variety of career interest inventories, our Academic Advisors will work with you to help you determine what career field might be appropriate for you. We can also help you determine which school will best prepare you for your chosen field.
Maybe. Our services are focused on getting participants ready to enter school, so they may not be appropriate for those already enrolled. Some schools, including KU, have another TRIO program, Student Support Services, which specifically serves students already enrolled. If you are already enrolled and think you could benefit from VUB services, please give us a call.
VUB is part of a group of programs called TRIO programs. These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assist low-income, first generation, or disabled students of varying ages in preparing for or completing a college degree. Our funding for 2018-19 is $275,155. VUB is just one such program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Other TRIO programs at The University of Kansas include: Educational Opportunity Centers, McNair Scholars Program, Supportive Educational Services, Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math & Science Program
Feel free to call us with any questions that you might have about VUB. We can be reached by phone at (913) 321-5512, or toll-free at (877) 446-9337, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org