The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program is a pre-college program which assists veterans and military service members with enrolling in school, which can be any college or training program, not just RIT. This free program assists in all aspects of the college admissions process, including applying for and understanding financial aid benefits, providing refresher courses, one-on-one tutoring, laptop loans, and connections to local resources. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs.
VUB helps veterans and service members of all ages navigate the education system, gain access to information about college and career exploration, and improve academic skills needed for successful entry into education.
Assistance with school applications
Requesting transcripts, including military service transcripts
Preparation for placement exams
Refresher classes in English, math, science and foreign language
Laptop loans, Wi-Fi hotspot loans, and computer literacy training
Applying for VA Education Benefits (GI Bill®, tuition assistance, etc)
Applying for National Guard and Reservist Benefits
Applying for Financial Aid (FAFSA, etc)
Personalized needs assessment
Reimbursements for travel costs to attend VUB meetings and events
Payment of most fees required for admissions applications, entrance examinations, and educational testing
Researching programs of study
Referrals to locally available resources
All VUB classes, supplies, and services are free. This is a TRiO Program, federally funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
We thank you for your service.
To qualify for services offered through Veterans Upward Bound, a veteran or service member must meet one of the following:
1) Served on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States for a period of more than 180 days and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable;
2) Served on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States and was discharged or released because of a service connected disability;
3) Was a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States and was called to active duty for a period of more than 30 days;
4) Was a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States who served on active duty in support of a contingency operation (as that term is defined in section 101(a)(13) of title 10, United States Code) on or after September 11, 2001.
This program is funded to serve those living in one of the following counties: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.