What is VUB?
Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a federally-funded program designed to help qualified military veterans prepare to enroll in a postsecondary school (university, community college, and vocational/technical programs). The Veterans Upward Bound program provides skills and advice to enable veterans to achieve their academic goals.
Yes! I'm interested. How do I get started?
The first step is to contact our office and ask to speak with our Case Manager. The case manager will set up an appointment with you to determine your eligibility to be served by the program, discuss your educational plans, administer an academic skills assessment, and complete the application process.
Where are you located?
Our office is located at LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Room C-371 (C-Building), Long Island City, New York 11101
Does the VUB program at the LaGuardia Community College only help those who want to attend LaGCC?
Definitely not! We will help any qualified veteran no matter what school they plan to attend, whether its within CUNY, SUNY or a priviate College or University. We will assist you in choosing the best program and school that fits your individual needs.
What must I do to qualify for VUB?
To benefit from our FREE educational services you must first meet a few simple eligibility requirements:
* All participants must have at least 180 days of active service with a discharge status other than a dishonorable discharge.
* All participants must be either low-income (based on family income and number of dependants) or potential first-generation college students (neither parent earned a four-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 course work, while others need information and advisement.
If you are not sure if you qualify, please contact us. We'd be glad to explain the eligibility requirements in further detail.
Does it cost anything to attend VUB classes?
All VUB classes, books, and supplies are FREE to qualified veterans.
Where are the classes held?
All of our program services are offered in the C-Building of LaGuardia Community College. The majority of our classes are also held in the C-building, but some classes may be conducted throughout the campus. LaGuardia Community College's Veterans Upward Bound Program has classrooms and a resource room with a computer lab for it's participants to use.
What will VUB do for me?
When you begin the Veteran Upward Bound program, you will work one-on-one with the Case Manager to discuss your needs, interests and your short-term and long-term goals. Academic assessments are completed to determine your strengths and weaknesses. Next, a plan is developed to help you reach your goals. Any academic weaknesses can be worked on by attending our FREE academic refresher courses, tutoring, or by working independently. Finally, we will assist you with the college admission and the financial aid process. We will also help you make contact with other colleges and agencies that provide services to veterans. Upon completion of the VUB Program, we will continue to be a resource for your ongoing educational success.
How long should I plan on being in VUB before I am ready to go on to a postsecondary school?
The answer to this question depends on several factors, including your educational preparedness, your assessment test scores and your internal drive to succeed. Do not shortchange yourself by planning to be in VUB for just a few weeks. While some students may only require minimal work, others will want to attend two sessions. The staff can advise you as to how long you might want to spend in our classes. The staff will also advise you of when you are ready to move on to your chosen postsecondary institution.
Does VUB provide financial aid?
No. Although all services are free to qualified students-including our academic refresher courses-we do not provide financial aid for college, university, or technical school. We can, however, help you with the financial aid application process and put you in contact with the appropriate financial aid officials at your prospective college.
Can VUB help me find a job?
No. However, we do offer career counseling and resume development. Also, our Veterans Resource Center can also help you in making contact with a Department of Labor representative. The staff also works with local community based organizations to help you with available resources and benefits.
Can VUB help me choose a career or school?
Yes. Using a variety of career interest inventories, our program counselors will help you to determine what career field might be appropriate. We can also help you determine which college will best prepare you for your chosen field. However, you have the final say in where you want to attend college.
I have a question or problem concerning my veterans educational benefits. Can you help me?
LaGuardia Community College has a full-time Veterans Financial Aid Officer (Mr. Stanley Rumph), located in Room C-107. Mr. Rumph can assist you with your needs concerning veterans' educational benefits. Eligible students with questions or problems regarding these benefits can contact him at (718) 482-5191.
When are classes available?
The Veterans Upward Bound program offers an evening schedule of classes and activities. Each session runs 6 weeks in length. For more information regarding available classes, please visit the Case Manager.
What are the classes like?
The classes are small and based on your individualized academic needs. The program staff members work as a team with instructors and peer mentors to provide you with on-going progress evaluation, feedback and support. There is also tutoring available that will add to your learning experience. Classes are not for credit and no grades are given. The classes are an opportunity for you to refresh and develop the academic skills required for success in college-level course work. Students who successfully complete the classes are awarded a VUB certificate.
I have a question that is not answered on this page. What should I do?
Either stop by and visit us or contact us using the information on our "Contact" page.