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Please check the following questions and answers. If you still have questions, please let us help you. Email us and a representative will reply via email as soon as possible within normal business hours (Monday through Friday). You can also call our office at (513) 569-4992. We are happy to help.

What is VUB?
I'm interested. How do I get started?
Where are you located?
Does the VUB program only help those who want to attend Cincinnati State Technical and Community College?
What must I do to qualify for VUB?
Does it cost anything to attend VUB classes?
Where are the classes held?
What will VUB do for me?
How long should I plan on being in VUB before I am ready to go on to a college program of study?
Does VUB provide financial aid?
Can VUB help me find a job?
Can VUB help me choose a career?
How is VUB funded?
I have a question or problem concerning my veterans’ educational (GI Bill) benefits. Can you help me?
What should I do now?
 

What is VUB?

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education/TRIO that is designed to help qualified U.S. military veterans prepare for and enroll in a college program of study.

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) provides comprehensive support services to eligible veterans interested in pursuing a college program. Support services are designed to help veterans’ complete preparatory coursework, increase their access to college, develop academic skills, and remain enrolled in and graduate from a program of postsecondary education.

The program serves fifteen counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Ohio counties are: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren. Kentucky counties are: Bracken, Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton. Indiana counties are: Dearborn, Franklin, and Ohio. Services are arranged on an as-needed basis in areas outside of Hamilton County, Ohio.

I'm interested. How do I get started?

Great – we’re here to help! The first step is to contact our office at (513) 569-4992 to make an appointment. Once a time and date is arranged, just bring your DD-214 and we will guide you from there.

Where are you located?

Our principle location is at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College’s main campus in Clifton. Our office is Room 261E Main Building. Click here for maps and directions. In addition, we have satellite offices in or near each county served. Please call us at (513) 569-4992 to schedule an appointment at the location most convenient for you.

Does the VUB program only help those who want to attend Cincinnati State Technical and Community College?

Definitely not! We help any qualified veteran who wishes to attend any accredited college or university. We are here to help, and will assist you in choosing the best program and school to fit your individual goals and needs.

What must I do to qualify for VUB?

To benefit from our free educational services you must first meet a few simple eligibility requirements:

  • All participants must have at least 181 days of active duty, other than for training, with a discharge status other than dishonorable as reflected on your DD-214.
  • All participants must be either considered low-income as calculated by family income and number of dependants, or a potential first-generation college student, meaning neither of your parents earned a four-year college degree.
  • All participants must demonstrate academic potential as well as have academic need. Not all students have the same needs. Some students require developmental course work, while others need information and advisement.

If you are not sure if you qualify, please contact us at (513) 569-4992. We would be glad to explain the eligibility requirements in further detail.

Does it cost anything to attend VUB classes?

All VUB classes, books, and supplies are free to qualified veterans.

Where are the classes held?

Most program services and classes are held at Cincinnati State’s main campus in Clifton. (Click here for map and directions.) Cincinnati State provides VUB with classrooms and resources including computer lab for participants to use.

What will VUB do for me?

When you begin the VUB program, you will work one-on-one with an educational advisor to discuss your needs, interests and your goals. Your advisor will conduct academic assessments to determine your areas of strength.

Next, we develop an individual educational plan to help you reach your goals. And, any academic weaknesses are addressed through VUB’s free academic preparatory courses, tutoring, or independent computer tutoring programs.

Finally, we assist you with the college admissions, enrollment and financial aid processes. We also help you make contacts with other veteran-related agencies as well as college programs and personnel.

How long should I plan on being in VUB before I am ready to go on to a college program of study?

The answer to this question depends on several factors: your educational preparedness, your VUB assessment scores, and your internal motivation to succeed. While some students may only require minimal work, others will want to attend classes for a longer period of time.

Does VUB provide financial aid?

No. Although all VUB services are free to qualified students, we do not provide financial aid for college, university, or technical school. We can, however, help you with the financial aid application process and put you in contact with the appropriate financial aid officials at your prospective school.

Can VUB help me find a job?

No. However, we do offer career assessment and counseling, as well as various career workshops. In addition, a VUB advisor may refer you to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Employment Connection. http://www.odjfs.state.oh.us/veterans/index.asp.

Can VUB help me choose a career?

Absolutely! Our advisors provide career counseling and assessment to help you to determine what career field might be appropriate for you. Various career workshops are also offered throughout the year.

How is VUB funded?

VUB is a part of a group of programs called TRIO.  VUB is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and serves eligible low-income and first-generation veterans.

I have a question or problem concerning my veterans’ educational (GI Bill) benefits. Can you help me?

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has a veterans' certifying official to answer questions and assist with issues. Our veterans coordinator can help you with your needs and provide basic information concerning veterans' educational benefits. Click here for more information or call (513) 569-1543.

What should I do now?

Contact us at (513) 569-4992 with any questions you have about VUB or to make an appointment with one of our qualified student advisors. We’re eager to hear from you!
 

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(513) 569-4958 phone
(513) 569-1498 fax
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8:30 am – 6 pm W

 
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