The U.S. Department Education (ED) implements competitive grant programs that provide funding to colleges and nonprofit organizations to assist veterans in enrolling in and completing a program of postsecondary education. These programs provide a great opportunity for veterans to get personalized counseling and support to achieve success in higher education. Learn more below about how to utilize these programs and connect with programs near you.
Veterans Upward Bound
The Veterans Upward Bound Program (VUB) is designed to assist veterans in preparing for acceptance and success in a program of postsecondary education. The primary goal of the program is to increase the participation and completion rates of veterans in higher education. The program provides intensive services, including assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. Currently, there are 49 VUB grantees across the country serving nearly 6,600 veterans.
Please go here to see an interactive map of VUB grantees that includes contact and other information.
Educational Opportunity Centers
The Educational Opportunity Centers Program (EOC) is designed to provide support services to qualified adults, including veterans, who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. The EOC program specifically targets low-income adults and veterans, offering a wide range of services, including counseling and assistance with financial aid, testing, and college admissions applications. ED currently supports 143 EOC projects serving approximately 200,000 adults across the country.
Please go here to see an interactive map of EOC grantees that includes contact and other information.
Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success
The Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success Program (CEVSS) supports model programs to support veteran student success in postsecondary education by coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veteran students. CEVSS grantees establish on their campuses a single point of contact to coordinate, through a veteran student support team, comprehensive support services for veteran students. Services include counseling, tutoring, assistance with special admissions and transfer of credit from previous postsecondary education or experience, assistance with applying for financial aid and veterans benefits and admission into college. ED currently supports 13 CEVSS grants.
Please go here to see an interactive map of CEVSS grantees that includes contact and other information.