The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

UTRGV - Veterans Upward Bound Office of Student Educational Outreach

Welcome Veterans

We, the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley family, would like to say, “thank you!” You have made a big sacrifice in serving our great country in order to protect our freedom. It is with this gratitude that the Veterans Upward Bound program would like to welcome all veterans to our campus. It is our intention to administer the most dynamic and effective pre-college program in the country for our Cameron County veterans. As a federally funded program of the Department of Education, all of our services are free to eligible veterans. Whether you would like us to assist you in selecting and applying to a university/college or to help you improve your academic skills; we are here to help. The Veterans Upward Bound staff considers serving our veterans a privilege and an honor. Again thank you and please consider allowing us to be of service to you!


Who We Are Now

The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley has been funded with a federal grant from Department of Education to help prepare eligible Cameron County veterans to access and pursue a program of higher education for FREE. With your support this program will continue beyond our presently approved four-year grant.

The program will:

  • Provide all support services to access a post-secondary education
  • Provide intensive basic skills development in those academic subjects required for a successful completion of a high school equivalency program and for admission to post-secondary programs
  • Assist veterans in securing support services from other local resources, such as Veterans Affairs, state veterans services, veterans association, and other state and local agencies that serve veterans

The TRIO Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Program at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley is a FREE, non-credited, pre-college program federally funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Post-secondary Education

The primary goal of TRIO VUB is to prepare eligible veterans to enter college, be successful in college, and to graduate from college. Students create and utilize an Individual Education Success Plan that details their education and career goals and the time frames to accomplish them. Regardless, of whether a veteran wants to complete a high school equivalency program or a bachelor's degree, individualized and personalized attention is granted to all participants.

TRIO VUB provides 125 Cameron County eligible veterans with academic instruction and support services every year. Classes are held on a continuous basis throughout the year during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Academic classes in math, composition, literature, laboratory science, and foreign language are offered in addition to academic and personal advisement, financial and economic literacy presentations, plus college and career success workshops. The program also refers participants to other support services on and off campus based on their respective educational and personal need.