Veterans
Upward
Bound

Frequently asked questions

What is VUB?

Does the VUB program at the University of Kansas only help those that want to attend KU?

What must I do to qualify for VUB?

Do VUB classes cost anything to attend?

What will VUB do for me?

How long should I plan on being in VUB before I am ready to go on to a postsecondary school?

Does VUB provide financial aid?

Can VUB help me find a job?

Can VUB help me choose a career or school?

I'm already in college or vo/tech school - am I still eligible to participate in VUB?

How is VUB funded?

I have a question not answered on this page. What should I do?


What is VUB?

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a federally funded program designed to help qualified military veterans prepare to enroll in a postsecondary school (university, community college, and vocational/technical programs) of their choice. VUB provides skills and advice to enable veterans to achieve their academic goals.

Does the VUB program at the University of Kansas only help those that want to attend KU?

Definitely not! We will assist any qualified veteran no matter what school he or she plans to attend. We will help you choose the best program and school to fit your individual needs.

What must I do to qualify for VUB?

To benefit from our FREE educational services you must meet a few simple eligibility requirements:

  • Participants must
    • have at least 180 days of active duty service, or---
    • if less than 180 days, must be released for medical reasons, or---
    • be member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces called to active duty for a period of more than 30 days, or---
    • be 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.
    • all discharges qualify except dishonorable.
  • All participants must be either low-income (based on family income and number of dependants) or potential first generation college students (neither parent earned a 4-year degree) or be a veteran at risk of academic failure.
  • All participants must demonstrate academic potential as well as have academic need. Not all students have the same needs. Some students require academic and computer coursework to refresh their skills, while others need more help in cutting through the red tape associated with college enrollment.
  • All participants must have the desire and willingness to learn.
If you are not sure if you qualify give us a call, we’d be glad to explain the eligibility requirements in further detail.

Do VUB classes cost anything to attend?

NO! All VUB classes, books, and supplies are FREE to qualified veterans.

What will VUB do for me?

When you begin the VUB program you will work one-on-one with an academic advisor to discuss your interests and your short-term and long-term goals. Academic assessments are completed to determine your strengths and weaknesses, then a plan is developed to help you reach your goals. Any academic weaknesses can be worked on by attending our FREE academic refresher courses, tutoring, or by working independently on our internet-based programs. Finally, we will assist you with school applications and the financial aid/G.I. Bill process. We will also help you make contacts with other agencies providing services to veterans.

How long should I plan on being in VUB before I am ready to go on to a postsecondary school?

The answer to this question depends on several factors, including your high school preparedness, your VUB assessment test scores and your internal drive to succeed. Do not shortchange yourself by planning to be in VUB for just a few weeks. While some students may only require minimal work, others will want to attend classes for a longer period of time. The staff can advise you as to how long you might want to spend in our classes. The staff will also advise you of when you are ready to move on to your chosen school.

Does VUB provide financial aid?

No. Although all services are free to qualified students, including our academic refresher courses, we do not provide financial aid for college, university, or technical school. We can, however, help you with the financial aid application process, scholarship applications, and put you in contact with the appropriate financial aid officials at your prospective school.

Can VUB help me find a job?

No. However, we do offer career counseling to assist you in choosing a college major appropriate for your life goals.

Can VUB help me choose a career or school?

Yes. Using a variety of career interest inventories, our Academic Advisors will work with you to help you determine what career field might be appropriate for you. We can also help you determine which school will best prepare you for your chosen field.

I'm already in college or vo/tech school - am I still eligible to participate in VUB?

Maybe. Our services are focused on getting participants ready to enter school, so they may not be appropriate for those already enrolled. Some schools, including KU, have another TRIO program, Student Support Services, which specifically serves students already enrolled. Our program does provide services to individuals who have college credit, but are not currently enrolled. If you are already enrolled and think you could benefit from VUB services, please give us a call.

How is VUB funded?

VUB is part of a group of programs called TRIO programs. These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assist low-income, first generation, or disabled students of varying ages in preparing for or completing a college degree. Our funding for 2014-15 is $250,000. VUB is just one such program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Other TRIO programs at The University of Kansas include:
  • Educational Opportunity Centers
  • McNair Scholars Program
  • Supportive Educational Services
  • Talent Search
  • Upward Bound
  • Upward Bound Math & Science Program

I have a question not answered on this page. What should I do?

Feel free to call us with any questions that you might have about VUB. We can be reached at the phone numbers below, or you can email us at vub@ku.edu.

The University of Kansas Veterans Upward Bound Program
Gateway Tower II, Suite 105
400 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101
(913) 321-5512
Toll free - (877) 446-9337