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Veterans Upward Bound

The Pensacola State College Veterans Upward Bound program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and offers to eligible veterans free of charge:

    • Educational assistance with pre-college or GED courses for entry into higher education.
    • Advising, instruction, textbooks, supplies and a monthly stipend.
    • Workshops, self-paced computer tutorials, individualized tutoring and classroom-based instruction.
Who is Eligible?

Veterans must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent earned a 4-year degree) or classified as low-income (based on family income and number of dependents).
  • Discharge must have been other than dishonorable.
  • Served your country for at least 181 days, or if less than 181 days, must have been released for medical reasons.
Mission Statement
  • To promote the development, improvement and extension of opportunities to any eligible veteran for his/her development to its fullest potential through: a) Needs assessment, identification and resolution and b) Seeking of the best educational services through community and school organizations from a local to national level.
  • To challenge all staff to improve veterans’ educational opportunities and services through knowledge sharing while upholding a high standard of service.
  • To actively pursue partnerships with individuals, organizations and communities that share similar goals.
  • To encourage research and publication of topics related to veterans education.
Apply for Veterans Upward Bound
Please mail or bring completed Veterans Upward Bound application and a copy of your DD214 to:
Pensacola State College
Veterans Upward Bound Program
Bldg. 6 RM. 651
Pensacola, FL 32504
If you do not have a copy of your DD214 we can assist you in obtaining a copy.
Services Offered
  • Enrollment Assistance: completing college enrollment and admissions forms, retrieving transcripts, registration, researching programs and courses.
  • Financial Aid Counseling: assistance with FAFSA, researching financial aid options including Montgomery G.I. Bill, loans and grants, assistance with financial aid documentation.
  • Career Assessment: help determining which careers match your ambitions, talents, and skills, assistance with researching salary levels, necessary job and education qualifications.
  • Academic Assessment: tutoring, GED preparation, college preparation and refresher courses in reading, writing, math, science, foreign languages and computer skills.
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Veterans Upward Bound FAQs

What is Veterans Upward Bound?
The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program at Pensacola State College is a federally funded TRIO program that provides college prep and/or GED courses at no cost to qualified veterans.

What is the cost to veterans?

Nothing! It's free.  All Veterans Upward Bound classes and supplies are free to qualified veterans.

How do I qualify for VUB?

All participants must have at least 181 days of active service with other than a dishonorable discharge. All participants must be either low-income (based on federal guidelines)or potential first generation college students (neither parent has a baccalaureate degree). All participants must have academic need.

What are the classes offered in this program?

One-day workshops to include topics such as critical reading, goal setting, resume writing, time and stress management, and personal finance.
Refresher and college prep courses are designed to help veterans brush up on their academic skills or master new skills. Courses provided include Math, Reading and Composition, Science, College Success and Computer Basics.

What if I have been out of school and need to refresh my skills?

Come and see us.  We have the skills and expertise to assist you to be successful.  We develop individualized learning plans for everyone based on individual needs.  We also offer academic counseling, and tutoring, as well.

Where and when are classes held?

VUB classes are held at Pensacola State College on the Pensacola campus.

Classes are held in five eight-week cycles (October, January, March, May and July).

Call the VUB office to schedule an interview and to enroll for orientation.


Would I be able to use the library and other services on campus?

Yes.  After one term of enrollment, VUB students have access to most campus facilities.


Once I'm done with these college prep courses what kind of programs will I be ready for?

All of the courses offered are refresher.  Successfully completing a subject area would enable you to enter any of the following degree plans:


Two-year colleges, four-year colleges/universities, professional training programs, vocational certificate programs.


Will VUB provide Financial Aid?

No. All of our services are free.  However, we will help you with the application process for financial aid at the college of your choice once you are ready to apply.


Will VUB help me find a job?

No. We do not offer career placement services. However, we do offer career counseling, resume development and college referrals.


Will VUB assist me with a career path or help me choose a school?

Yes. Our staff can work with you to help determine what career field might be appropriate for you. We can also you determine which school will best prepare you for your chosen field.


How do I apply for the VUB program?

Call, email or stop by the office to make an appointment with our staff. Bring your DD214. (If you do not have it, the VUB staff will be able to help you obtain it) and a copy of your most recent tax return. After answering some questions, signing required forms and filling out the VUB application, the staff will set up an assessment appointment to help determine which Pathway is right for you.

Office Locations and Telephones

Veterans Upward Bound
Bldg. 6 / Rm. 631
Academic Advisor
Administrative Assistant
Email Veterans Upward Bound: vetsupbound@pensacolastate.edu
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