Being able to get your college degree can be a challenge, and sometimes people do need some extra help to do so. That is why the Veterans Upward Bound Program is there. To help veterans get motivated as well as assisting them in developing the skills they need to succeed in a post-secondary education program.

The Veterans Upward Bound Program:

How do Veterans Upward Bound Programs help veterans?

  • VUB programs help veterans in many different ways. They offer counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and academic instruction in core subject areas such as reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science as well as other subjects.
  • They can assist with selecting the right course, help prepare for college entrance exams, as well as applications.
  • They can help with federal student financial aid programs and benefits as well as help them find public and private scholarships.
  • They can offer guidance for those in secondary schools who need help with alternative programs or getting their GED.
  • They can help develop basic skills that will help veterans get through school.
  • They can also help secure support services from other locally available resources such as state and local agencies that serve veterans.

Who funds the Veterans Upward Bound program?

VUB is funded by the US Department of Education as a part of the Federal TRIO Program. This program is made up of eight programs, including Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services, and the Veterans Upward Bound Program.

How much money is awarded for these programs?

In FY 2017, there was $18,186,172 in funds available. There were 64 awards given out with 8,407 participants. The average award for projects amount was $284,159 with the average amount of participants being 131. The average cost per participant was $2,163.

What eligibility requirements are required for participants?

  • You must meet military service requirements.
  • You need to be low-income and/or a prospective first-generation college student who is preparing to enter a post-secondary institution.
  • ⅔ of the participants in a certain project must be low-income and a first-generation college student. The rest will need to be either low-income or first-generation as well as a military veteran under one of the following circumstances:
  1. Have served in the US Armed Forces more than 180 days and received other than a dishonorable discharge.
  2. Was discharged because of a service connected disability.
  3. Was a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces called to active duty for a period of more than 30 days.
  4. Was 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.
  • Have a high risk of academic failure.

What does low-income mean?

Low-income is based on the Federal TRIO income chart from January 18th, 2018. As an example, with a family size of two, your taxable income would need to be below $24,690, with $30,870 for those in Alaska, and $28,395 for those in Hawaii. A family of four would be $37,650, with $47,070 for Alaska and $43,305 for Hawaii.

What is required for those who apply for a project?

Applicants for the grant would need to be one of these:

  • An institution of higher education.
  • Public and private agencies and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth.
  • Combinations of such institutions, agencies and organizations, and as appropriate to the purpose of the program, secondary schools.

So the grants will be given to these institutions to create projects to help veterans?

Yes, the grants are for the projects that make up the Veterans Upward Bound program. Interested veterans will need to apply in order to receive the services that the projects provide.

 How do I find out more information about the Veterans Upward Bound Program?

If this is something you are interested in, check in with your local college and university to see if they offer this program. While you can’t find this program at every school, there is a chance that the one you are looking to go to will have a Veterans Upward Bound Program to help you achieve your educational goals.

The Veterans Upward Bound Program hopes to help the rate of veterans applying for and completing post-secondary education. Sometimes people just need extra help with their schooling and this is what this program can accomplish.