Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The mission of the program is to generate the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education. Veterans in Region 7 of Northwest Louisiana include Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, and Webster Parishes can receive services provided by the Veterans Upward Bound program.

Services Provided

Academic Assistance

  • Academic Assistance to help you identify your academic strengths and weaknesses
    Instruction in basic academic skills - reading, writing, math, science, foreign languages, and computer literacy
  • Academic tutoring on-line
  • Assistance in obtaining GED diploma, if needed
  • ACT and other entrance exam application and preparation assistance

Workshops on study skills and college survival issues.

Enrollment Assistance

  • Completing of college enrollment and admissions forms
  • Retrieving academic transcripts (military and college)
  • ACT test registration
  • Researching various schools' admissions policies and criteria
  • Researching programs of study and coursework
  • Assistance with registration of classes

Financial Aid Counseling

  • Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) both manually or using FAFSA Express computerized software for faster processing
  • Understanding various financial aid options available including:
    • Pell Grants
    • Subsidized Student Loans
    • Unsubsidized Student Loans
    • Montgomery G.I. Bill
    • Federal Work Study
  • Completing school-specific documentation for financial aid
  • Retrieving financial aid transcripts from previously attended institutions

Applying for special circumstances to justify financial aid for those who may have been denied based upon non-current data career assessments that help you match your skills, talents, and ambitions to careers that are available to you.

Career Exploration

  • Career assessments that help you match your skills, talents, and ambitions to careers that are available to you
  • Workshops on training opportunities and specific careers
  • Exposure to labor market information including salary levels, job requirements, and qualifications/educational level necessary.

The VUB program also provides student support services, financial advising & payment for college testing and application fees for Veterans who qualify. Veterans Upward Bound program eligibility consists of Veterans who have an honorable separation from service, are either low-income or first-generation, and have an academic need.



Reta Stewart 
Director of the Educational Opportunity Centers/
Executive Director of Adult Educational Services