Veterans Upward Bound

The Upper Hand to Higher Education

Many veterans may avoid higher education because you feel you lack the necessary academic skills. After all, it’s been years since you’ve been in school. Thanks to Veterans Upward Bound (VUB), you don’t have to let your rusty academic skills keep you from furthering your education or pursuing the career of your dreams.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, VUB programs and services are provided to eligible veterans completely free of charge.

Services Provided

VUB services assist veterans in beginning or returning to postsecondary education. Services include:

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


To be eligible 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 considered either low-income (calculated by family income and number of dependents) or a first-generation college student (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

How VUB Can Help You

Veterans Upward Bound help you every step of the way on the path to educational success. When you begin the VUB program, you will work one-on-one with a VUB Education Specialist to discuss your needs, interests, and your short- and long-term goals. Your Education Specialist will also conduct academic assessments to determine your areas of strength, and will monitor your progress throughout the program.

Next, you'll work with the Education Specialist to develop an individual educational plan to help you reach your goals. Any academic weaknesses will be strengthened through VUB’s free academic preparatory courses, tutoring, or independent computer tutoring programs.

Finally, you'll get help with 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.

Questions? We're happy to help.

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