RCC Veterans Upward Bound is a free college-prep program federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program is designed to help qualified military veterans prepare to enroll in a postsecondary school (university, community college, and vocational/technical programs). VUB provides skills and advice to enable veterans to achieve their academic goals. VUB is a part of a group of programs called TRiO programs. These programs serve low-income and first generation college students of varying ages.
To qualify for the program, veterans must meet the following criteria:
- Reside in one of the twelve counties served by the grant: Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland, Garfield, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Logan, Noble, Pawnee and Payne.
- All participants must have at least 181 days of active service with better than a dishonorable discharge.
- All participants must be either low-income (based on family income and number of dependents) or potential first generation college students (neither parent earned a 4-year degree).
- All participants must demonstrate academic potential as well as have academic need. Not all students have the same needs. Some students require developmental coursework, while others need more help in cutting through institutional red tape.
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