Onward and Upward: The Veterans Upward Bound Program Helps Vets Earn Degrees

If you’re a U.S. military veteran who wants to pursue a college degree, the Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program can help you. Has it been a long time since you attended classes? Are you concerned that you might not even be accepted to college? Are you feeling a little rusty in subjects like math, computer basics, or literature? Don’t worry; all the help you need is waiting—for free!—at Upward Bound.

About Upward Bound

The purpose of VUB services is to increase the number of veterans enrolling in undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States. It’s a free program designed by the U.S. Department of Education to help ex-military personnel brush up on basic skills and get reconnected with the academic system. Through VUB, veterans can:

  • Work with tutors and instructors to refresh basic skills in mathematics, foreign language, composition, laboratory science, reading, literature, computer basics, and more.
  • Get help meeting high school equivalency testing requirements.
  • Collaborate with academic and financial aid professionals for help in completing applications and maximizing funding.
  • Get counseling and advice.
  • Access other resources for veterans (such as the Veterans Administration and other state and local veterans’ services agencies).
  • Find out how to prepare for college entrance exams.
  • Become a part of campus cultural events and specialized academic programs.
  • Find the confidence you need to successfully complete a college degree program.


VUB services are available to all U.S. military veterans with 181 or more days of active duty service who were discharged on or after January 31, 1955. (Discharge cannot be dishonorable.) Veterans must also demonstrate academic and/or financial need or be a first-generation potential college graduate. Other local eligibility requirements may apply—contact your local VUB office for more information on program requirements.


This article was written by Hannah Purnell

Hannah Purnell is a staff writer for CollegeView.com. Hannah writes extensively on the topic of undergraduate studies and the college search process.

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