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Veterans Upward Bound

The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program assists veterans in all aspects of the college admissions process and their academic success. 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 university, community college, 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
  • 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.



Rachel Flaherty


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