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Veterans Upward Bound

A hand up to your higher education

Like many veterans, you may have avoided higher education because you feel you lack the needed academic skills. After all, it’s been years since you went to school. Thanks to Veterans Upward Bound (VUB), you don’t have to let your rusty academic skills keep you from further education, or pursuing the career of your dreams.

Veterans Upward Bound is a program designed to help you refresh your academic skills and give you the confidence you need to successfully pursue a college degree or a postsecondary vocational training program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, VUB programs and services are provided to eligible veterans completely free of charge.

Services provided

VUB provides a variety of services to assist veterans in beginning or returning to postsecondary education:

  • Short-term remedial or refresher courses for veterans who are high school graduates but who have delayed pursuing postsecondary education
  • Intensive basis skills development in those academic subjects required for successful completion of a high school equivalency program and for admission to postsecondary education programs
  • Career selection, advising, and assistance
  • Financial aid advising and application assistance
  • Academic needs assessment and program planning
  • Academic instruction and tutoring
  • College life adjustment and study skills workshops
  • Referrals to other essential veteran services
  • Community services and cultural enrichment activities


To be eliglble for VUB services, veterans must meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least 180 days of active duty, other than for training, with a discharge status other than dishonorable as reflected on your DD-214. A waiver is available for recently discharged combat veterans. Less than 180 days of active duty must be due to a medical reason.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Live within our service area. Fifteen counties are served by the VUB program housed at Cincinnati State:

    Ohio: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren
    Kentucky: Bracken, Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton
    Indiana: Dearborn, Franklin, and Ohio

What VUB can do for you

Veterans Upward Bound is here to help you on the path to educational success, every step of the way. When you begin the VUB program, you will work one-on-one with a student advisor to discuss your needs, interests and your short- and long-term 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.

Proven success

Elisha Jones’ story is like that of many veterans. Click here to read Eli’s story, and how VUB was able to help.


You might find answers in through our helpful links or our frequently asked questions. Or, please call (513) 569-4992 or email us. We’re happy to help.

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