Veterans Upward Bound


Veterans Upward Bound Program

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a free U.S.  Department of Education TRIO program designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of postsecondary education programs. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll and complete postsecondary education programs.

Eligibility Requirements 
 Participants must meet military service requirements stipulated in the authorizing statute and be low-income, prospective first-generation college students who are preparing to enter a postsecondary institution. The program requires that at least two-thirds of the participants in a project be both low-income and first-generation. The remaining participants must be either low-income or first-generation military veterans who served in active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for more than 180 days and received other than a dishonorable discharge; was discharged because of a service connected disability; was a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces called to active duty for a period of more than 30 days; or was a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces who served on active duty in support of a contingency operation on or after September 11, 2001; and have a high risk for academic failure.

Federal TRIO Programs Current-Year Low-Income Levels


(Effective January 18, 2018 until further notice)

Size of Family Unit

48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions



































Services Provided
  • Academic assessments to identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Instructional and tutorial support to develop the basic academic skills required for successful completion of a high school equivalency program and for admission to post-secondary education programs
  • Academic advising, career counseling, financial literacy &  academic skills workshops
  • Assistance with completing applications for admissions, federal financial aid, and VA benefits
  • Referrals to other agencies that provide services to veterans
  • Exposure to cultural events, academic programs, and other educational activities

Dr. Gloria George
Director of Veterans Upward Bound 318-345-9310

Phillip Staten
Outreach Coordinator

Brenda Sheppard-Nelson
Instructor & Tutor

Kymyatta Gardner
Program Support Specialist


Contact Us 
Veterans Upward Bound Program 
Louisiana Delta Community College 
7500 Millhaven Rd. • Suite 144 
Monroe, Louisiana 71203