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
Workshops to improve academic skills
Laptop loans and computer literacy training
Applying for VA Education Benefits (GI Bill®, tuition assistance, etc)
Applying for National Guard and Reservist Benefits
Assistance with Financial Aid Applications and Completing a FAFSA
Personalized needs assessment
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:
Military veteran who served in active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for more than 180 days and received other than a dishonorable discharge;
Was discharged because of a service connected disability;
A member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces called to active duty for a period of more than 30 days;
Was a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces who served on active duty in support of a contingency operation on or after September 11, 2001.
This program is funded to serve those living in one of the following counties: Genesee, Jefferson, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.
Apply for Veterans Upward Bound Services
To apply for Veterans Upward Bound Services, complete the following application form: