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TRIO Veterans Upward Bound: College Prep for Veterans


The TRIO Veterans Upward Bound (VUB)  is a free college preparatory program for eligible veterans federally funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program offers virtual and in person college prep services including academic assessment, digital literacy programming, advising, and counseling; non-credit academic classes and tutoring; college and financial aid application assistance, and educational support services. The primary goal of VUB is to prepare eligible veterans to enter, persist, and graduate from their college of choice.


Veterans residing in the following counties in the greater Philadelphia area are eligible to apply:
• Philadelphia
• Bucks
• Delaware
• Montgomery
• Chester
• Camden, NJ

• At least 180 days of active-duty service of qualifying reserve time (note: Veterans with fewer than 180 days of active-duty or discharged with a disability may also qualify)
• Any discharge other than dishonorable
• Not currently enrolled in college or who have not earned a four-year degree

Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:
• Is a first generation college student
• Meets low income guidelines established by the Department of Education
• Has an established academic need / been out of school for five or more years