College Preparatory Services

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is an educational opportunity program hosted by the University of Pennsylvania and funded by the Department of Education. VUB is a FREE college preparatory program available to eligible veterans. Partnering with surrounding colleges and universities, Veteran Affairs, Veteran Service Organizations (VSO), and other veteran advocacy groups, VUB is designed and tailored to meet the needs of the individual veteran in their pursuit of post-secondary education at the college of their choosing. The program is intended to encourage, empower, and acclimatize college-bound veterans for the rigors of post-secondary education and training.  The following college preparatory services are offered to fully prepare the Veteran on their post-secondary education journey:


Academic Assessment/Counseling

The VUB Counselors will meet with individual students to assess academic strengths and weaknesses and determine the needs of the veteran. The ACCUPLACER test will be made available to determine an academic baseline. Individual Academic Plans (IAP) will be developed, reviewed, and modified, as needed.  Working closely with the individual veteran, counselors will assist the student in developing a plan to reach their educational goals by being fully prepared for the challenges and academic rigors of college.


Academic Preparation Classes/Tutoring*

The following courses are available based on the student's academic needs assessment:

*Some online options are available


College Access/Educational Support Services

Counselors will discuss college access and educational support services to include:

  • Applying for eligible VA educational benefits.
  • Submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • College application submission/essay review.
  • Researching scholarship opportunities.
  • Requesting prior transcripts, if necessary.
  • Explore college course curriculum and career interests.
  • Provide specific workshops to enhance educational support.