Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Veterans Upward Bound?

A federally-funded grant program through the Department of Education.  It seeks to increase opportunity and access for veterans pursuing postsecondary education by introducing them to resources related to college and career readiness.

What are eligibility requirements?

  • 180 days of active duty service.
  • Any discharge above dishonorable.
  • Have not obtained a Bachelor's degree.
  • A resident of Allegan, Kent, Muskegon, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Ionia or Ottawa County.

Do I have to attend or be enrolled at GVSU?

No.  You will be given the support and resources necessary to enter the program/institution of your choice. There is no requirement to apply to, or attend any college or university.

How much does it cost?

All services, to include educational supplies, events, and coursework, are free

No out of pocket costs to participants. Once in the program, participants are eligible for a stipend and access to The Rapid.

What is the time commitment?

Once you have completed the Individualized Service Plan and program assessment, you will have a better idea of what your time commitment will be to complete the goals you have set for yourself.

The plan allows you to define what your participation looks like, as well as what resources and educational supports are needed to successfully complete it.

Do I get college credit or any certification by participating?

No.  What VUB services and resources do is put you in the best position to have: 

  • Military credit transfer to the college or university you choose
  • Understand your educational benefits
  • Success in completing admissions or financial aid/scholarship applications
  • Familiarity with veteran specific resources and organizations in West Michigan
  • A comfort with the transition to higher education or technical/trade program
  • Preparation and readiness tailored to your college and/or career goals


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