The U.S. Department of Education awarded the Boise State Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program nearly $1.5 million to fund the program for the next five years.
Veterans Upward Bound is housed within the College of Education’s Center for Multicultural Educational Opportunities and is one of Boise State’s TRIO programs, serving veterans and active-duty military members who are predominantly first generation college students and of limited income.
Veteran’s Upward Bound prepares veterans to pursue higher education or training. The program meets veterans where they are and helps them build a bridge to where they want to go, assisting veterans interested in pursuing a technical certificate, professional license, associates degree, or a bachelor’s degree.
Veteran’s Upward Bound also offers assistance with financial aid (FAFSA), academic planning, admissions, academic assessments, tutoring, learning skills, referrals, and community introductions. These benefits are free of charge. To be eligible, participants must have served, or are currently serving, in the U.S. military and want to pursue higher education.
The program’s goal is to serve a minimum of 125 veterans a year who reside in southern Idaho and the Treasure Valley area – from Twin Falls to Malheur County, Oregon. The Veteran’s Upward Bound team can also make referrals to programs outside their service area.