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Veterans Upward Bound

The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program assists military service members in all aspects of the college admissions process, including applying for and understanding financial aid benefits, and providing an academic foundation with classes and tutoring for veteran participants. VUB helps veterans of all ages navigate the education system, gain access to information about college and career exploration, and improve academic skills needed for entry in the program of their choice, which can be ANY at school, certificate or trade program.

The goal of the program is for veterans to successfully enroll in and complete the degree or program of their choice, and we are here to help every step of the way.

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.

Services are offered continuously throughout the year and include:

  • Assistance with college admission and application process
  • Assistance with applying for and assessing military service related education benefits  (chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606, NYS Veterans Tuition Assistance, and national guard and reserve education benefits)
  • Assistance with requesting military joint service transcripts
  • Short-term refresher courses in math and English, science, and foreign language
  • Individualized tutoring
  • Preparation for placement exams (ACCUPLACER)
  • Personalized needs assessments 
  • Academic advice and assistance
  • Career Counseling
  • Assistance in getting veterans services from other available resources
  • Laptop loan program and computer literacy training
  • Reimbursements for travel costs, mileage and bus passes
  • Most fees required for admissions applications, entrance examinations, and educational testing


To be eligible you must:

Be a U.S. Military veteran with 180 days military duty, and be discharged under conditions other than dishonorable; or have a service-connected disability, or called to active duty for more than 30days, or be in the Reserves or National Guard. 

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



KATHY, Liberal Arts General Studies, Monroe Community College, Army

What has VUB done for you?

I started with basic classes offered in VUB after taking the ACCUPLACER test.  After completing the classes and taking the ACCUPLACER again--it motivated me to apply to Monroe Community College.  The VUB staff helped me through EVERY step of the process, financial aid, scheduling classes, and answered all my questions.  I started my college experience and they have kept in contact with me, checking it to make sure I have the support I need. The staff is AMAZING!!

Why is the VUB program important for Veterans transitioning into higher education?

I have been out of college for close to 30 years.  I did not see myself returning.  I was not sure what my benefits were, what to expect, or how to even start.  They help you through every single process and step to ensure you are completly prepared for college.

What does VUB mean to you?

It means FAMILY, TEAMWORK, LOYALTY.  VUB treats you like a family member-meeting you at a coffee shop, checking how you are.  They work as a team to help you.  Loyalty-they are there for you, to take care of you, support you!



CHRIS, Accounting, Monroe Community College, USMC

What has VUB done for you?

The VUB program provided me with the opportunity to get free refresher courses to me prepare for college. They provided assistance along the way, helping me get into the college of my choice. I was also supported by the VUB staff while submiting FAFSA information and other necessary steps for my college application.

Why is the VUB program important for Veterans transitioning into higher education?

Most Vets I know haven’t done school since before they joined the military and VUB helps you transition the right way. 

What does VUB mean to you?

It means moving forward to me.



STEVEN, Computer Science, Monroe Community College, Army


What has VUB done for you?


They encouraged me and enrolled me in VUB classes during the summer to help prepare me for college in the fall.

Why is the VUB program important for Veterans transitioning into higher education?

Speaking personally, I was at a point where I was disconnected from the educational community at large, and VUB reached out and reconnected me with the potential to attend school, learn an applicable field and improve my quality of life. It’s a program that reaches out to many veterans and helps return them to the education system.

What does VUB mean to you?




Rachel Mathews


Rachel Mathews, Director
Lewis P. Ross Hal, Room 1188
phone: 585-475-5495