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Veterans Upward Bound

RIT Veterans Upward Bound Program

The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Program provides opportunity for veterans of all ages to gain access to information about college and career exploration and acquire academic skills required for entry into post-secondary training. Services are offered continuously throughout the year and include short-term remedial coursework in math and English, workshops, self-paced computer tutorials, individualized tutoring and classroom-based instruction. We also offer one-on-one support to help participants transition and succeed at the institution of their choice, which may be a skills center, vocational/trade school, community college and/or university. We understand that not all people have the same needs and the RIT VUB program is designed to meet the unique needs and interests of each veteran admitted to the program.

All VUB classes and supplies are FREE to qualified veterans. This is a TRiO Program, federally funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

This program is funded to serve 125 participants each year from 9 counties within a 90 mile radius of Rochester, NY which include: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.


In order to qualify, applicants must:
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • have served over 180 days military duty OR have a service-connected disability OR was called to active duty for more than 30days. For reservists serving on or after September 11, 2001, shorter terms of service may provide eligibility
  • have a military discharge other than dishonorable

And, applicants must qualify in one of the following ways:

  • They must be a potential first-generation college graduate (their primary caregiver had not graduated from a four-year higher education institution before the applicant turned 18),


  • They must meet income guidelines for the program. These are based on federal taxable income and family size. Please call for detailed guidelines.


  • They must have an academic need (been out of high school or dropped out of post-secondary training 5 or more years ago, low standardized test scores, or a disability).




Rachel Flaherty


Rachel Flaherty, Director
Campus Center 2741
phone: 585-475-5495