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Frequently Asked Questions

What is VUB?
What will VUB do for me?
What services do you provide?
Yes! I'm interested. How do I get started?
Where are you located?
Does the VUB program at Trident Technical College help only those who want to attend TTC?  
What must I do to qualify for VUB?
I'm already in college or voc/tech school.  Can I join the VUB program?
Does it cost anything to attend VUB classes?
Where are the classes held?

When are classes available?
What are the classes like?
How long should I plan on being in VUB before I am ready to go on to a postsecondary school?
Does VUB provide financial aid?
Can VUB help me find a job?
Can VUB help me choose a career or school?
How is VUB funded?
I have a question or problem concerning my veterans’ educational benefits. Can you help me?
I have a question that is not answered on this page. What should I do?
What is VUB?
Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a federally-funded TRIO program designed to help qualified military veterans prepare for a postsecondary education. VUB helps veterans develop the skills they need to achieve their academic goals.
What will VUB do for me?
When you begin the VUB program, you work one-on-one with a staff member to discuss your needs, interests, and your short-term and long-term goals. You'll complete an academic assessment to determine your strengths and weaknesses. Next, together we'll develop a plan to help you reach your goals. Academic weaknesses can be worked on by attending our FREE academic refresher courses and tutoring. Finally, we will assist you with college admissions and the financial aid process. We will also help you make contacts with other agencies providing services to veterans, as well as college programs and personnel. Upon completion of the VUB Program, we will continue to be a resource for your ongoing educational success.
What services do you provide?
Check out our "How We Can Help" link to find out more about all the helpful services we provide.
Yes! I'm interested. How do I get started?
The first step is to contact our office and speak with a staff member to determine your eligibility to be served by the program. Then you can fill out an application form and make an appointment to take an academic skills assessment. Once we have the results of your assessment, we’ll work with you to develop an Individualized Education Plan and you can begin classes.
Where are you located?
The program is located at Trident Technical College’s Main Campus, 7000 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC, 29406, in the 700 building, room 127. Click here for a campus map.
Does the VUB program at Trident Technical College help only those who want to attend TTC?
No!  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, and we can help you with the enrollment process.
What must I do to qualify for VUB?
To benefit from our FREE educational services you must meet a few simple eligibility requirements.  Please see our "Who Is Eligible" link for specific information, and if you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact us. We'll be glad to explain the requirements in further detail.
I'm already in college or voc/tech school. Can I join the VUB program?
Our program is intended and designed to be a pre-college program.  Many veterans already enrolled in postsecondary education who are looking for additional support can be well served by another TRIO program -- Scholars Network -- and Trident does have an Student Support Services program.
Does it cost anything to attend VUB classes?
No. All VUB classes, books, and supplies are FREE to qualified veterans.
Where are the classes held?
All program services and classes currently are held at both TTC’s Main Campus in North Charleston and Palmer campus downtown. As need demands, we may offer classes at other Trident campuses.  Participants have access to Trident classrooms, computer labs, and the library.
When are classes available?
The Veterans Upward Bound program offers a late-afternoon / early evening schedule of classes and activities, with fall, spring, and summer semesters available.  Some online work is also available.
What are the classes like?
The classes are small and based on your individualized academic needs. The program staff members work as a team with instructors and tutors to provide you on-going progress evaluation, feedback and support. Classes are not for credit; they are an opportunity to refresh and develop the academic skills required for success in college-level course work. Students will also receive an email account for use with their coursework, preparing them for the electronic communication that is often required in college classes. Students who successfully complete the VUB program are awarded a VUB certificate.
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, availability, 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 classes for a longer period of time. The staff can advise you as to how long you might want to spend in our classes. The staff will also help you decide when you are ready to move on to your chosen postsecondary institution.
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.
Can VUB help me find a job?
No. However, we do offer career counseling and resume development. We also work closely with a variety of community services, including employment services, for referrals.
Can VUB help me choose a career or school?
Yes. Using a variety of career interest inventories, our counselors will help you to determine what career field might be appropriate. We can also help you determine which college will best prepare you for your chosen field.
How is VUB funded?
VUB is a part of a group of programs called TRIO programs. These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and serve low-income and first generation college students of varying ages. VUB is just one such program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
I have a question or problem concerning my veterans' educational benefits. Can you help me?
Our staff members have a working knowledge of some common benefits questions, and we're happy to help when we can.  But we are not VA counselors and will refer students with specific benefits questions to Trident Technical College's Veterans' Educational Benefits Office. A veterans affairs staff member can help you with your specific needs concerning veterans' educational benefits. 
I have a question that is not answered on this page. What should I do?

Contact us with any questions that you might have about VUB.

 

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