Frequently Asked Questions

What is VUB?

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a federally funded TRIO program designed to help qualified military veterans prepare to enroll in a post-secondary school.

What is TRIO?

TRIO programs serve people of varying ages and educational levels. VUB is just one such program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Do VUB tutoring sessions cost anything to attend?

No. All VUB classes and supplies are free to qualified veterans.

How long should I plan on being in VUB tutoring sessions before I am ready to go on to a post-secondary school?

The answer to this question depends on several factors; including your high school preparedness, your VUB 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 tutorials for a longer period of time. The staff can advise you as to how long you might want to spend in our tutorials. The staff will also advise you when they feel you are ready to move on.

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

Definitely not! Although many students who take advantage of our services attend UTRGV, we will gladly help any qualified veteran no matter what school he or she plans to attend.

Does VUB provide financial aid?

No. Although all services, including our academic refresher classes, are free to qualified students, we do not provide financial aid assistance for college, university or technical school. We can, however, help you with the financial aid application process.

Can VUB help me find a job?

No. While we do not offer career placement services, we do offer career counseling and resume development. UTRGV has a Career Center, (956) 882-5627 at the Brownsville campus or (956)665-2243 at the Edinburg campus, where veterans/students can be referred.

I have a question not answered on this page. What should I do?

If you can't find the answers you're looking for on this page or elsewhere on our site, feel free to contact us with any question you have. We can be reached through e-mail at or you can call us at (956) 882-7127.