Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to VUB's most commonly asked questions.

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Can VUB help me find a job?

No. However, we do offer career counseling and resume development. Program staff also works closely with a variety of community services, including the Nevada employment services for referrals.

Does the VUB program at TMCC only help those who want to attend TMCC?

Definitely not! We will help any qualified veteran no matter what school he or she plans to attend. We will help you choose the best program and school to fit your individual needs.

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. For additional information, please visit TMCC's Financial Aid Office.

How do I 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 dishonorable.
  • All participants must be either low-income (based on family income and number of dependents) 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.

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 VUB assessment test scores and your internal drive to succeed. Some students may only require minimal work, others will want to attend classes for a longer period of time and take advantage of our full range of services. Staff members and instructors will closely monitor your progress to ensure college readiness.

I have a question or problem concerning my veterans educational benefits. Can you help me?

TMCC maintains a full-time Veterans' Educational Benefits Office at the Dandini Campus. The VA certifying official can help you with your needs concerning those benefits.

I'm interested in VUB. How do I get started?

The first step is to contact our office at 775-829-9007 and ask to speak to a program counselor. The counselor will set up an appointment with you to discuss your educational plans, administer an academic skills assessment, determine your eligibility to be served by the program and complete the application process. You can also apply to our program, and a counselor will contact you upon receipt.

What are the top ten reasons for vets to contact Veterans Upward Bound?

  1. College counseling and advisement available specifically for veterans.
  2. Two professional academic counselors on staff with over 35 years combined experience advising veterans.
  3. Appointments to fit your schedule.
  4. Free academic skills assessment and placement testing scheduled at your convenience with immediate feedback and advisement.
  5. Free college preparation classes in math, English, computer basics and college success skills.
  6. Small class sizes, individualized attention and tutoring.
  7. Free books and materials for VUB pre-college classes.
  8. Transportation stipend available based on need.
  9. Transition services to make your college registration and first semester experience successful.
  10. Successful completion of VUB assures appropriate placement in TMCC or other college-level classes.

What are VUB classes like? When are they available? Where are they located?

VUB classes are small and based on your individual academic needs. The program staff members work as a team with instructors and counselors to provide you with on-going progress evaluation, feedback and support. There are special activities such as tutoring and study groups to enhance your learning experience. Classes are an opportunity to refresh and develop and the academic skills required for success in college-level course work; no grades are given, and no academic credits are earned. Students who successfully complete VUB classes are awarded a certificate of completion.

VUB offers a day and evening schedule of classes and activities, with Fall and Spring sessions available. Each session runs 15 weeks in length. Winter and Summer workshops are also available. For more information, please visit the VUB Class Schedule page.

All program services are held at TMCC's Meadowood Center. VUB has its own resource room with a computer lab for participants to use.