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Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a free pre-college program that helps eligible U.S. military veterans brush up on their academic skills.

The VUB program is specifically designed to help veterans refresh their academic skills so that they can prepare for and successfully complete the postsecondary education of their choice (university, technical/community college or vocational/technical program). VUB projects are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and serve eligible veterans across the nation.

Students’ lives consist of more than academics. Your personal life and well-being are important as well. Caring mentors guide you to stay on track with your studies, and personal counseling opportunities provide support and encouragement as you pursue your goals. If necessary, VUB can refer you to other veterans’ services.

VUB can help provide:   

  • A Foundation for Academic Success - Has it been a while since your last high school class? Your enrollment in VUB provides resources to help you succeed in college. You can take refresher classes in basic skills, math, grammar, composition, literature, computers, lab sciences and Spanish. Tutoring services help you brush up and focus on areas that need special attention.    
  • College Preparation - Although the path to college may seem overwhelming at times, you are not alone. Academic counselors can help you strategize your plan of study, explore your college options and choose the right school for you. The experts at VUB also can help you complete your college applications and apply for financial aid. Workshops in college study skills will help you prepare for navigating the college environment and succeeding in the classroom.    
  • Personal Support - VUB services do not stop at academic preparation. You have access to counselors on staff who can assist you with personal counseling issues and with referrals to area agencies assisting veterans. TTC's mentoring program also is available for additional support.    
  • Career Development - With VUB, you can receive guidance and career counseling to help you make career choices. From identifying your strengths and areas of interest to researching projected salaries, the career development component of VUB provides valuable information to assist you.


Veterans must meet the following eligibility requirements to enroll in this program. You must:

  • Meet certain income guidelines and/or be a first-generation college student, meaning that neither of your parents has a four-year college degree
  • Have served at least 181 days of active duty military service OR if less than 181 days must be released for medical reasons OR
    • have been a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces called to active duty for a period of at least 31 days on or after Sept. 11, 2001 OR
    • have been a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces who served on active duty in support of a contingency operation on or after Sept. 11, 2001
  • Have a discharge other than dishonorable
  • Be a tricounty resident
  • Not already have a four-year degree
  • Have academic potential as well as academic need

How to Apply

It's easy to get started, just follow these steps:

  1. Call us at 843-574-6870. We’ll ask some basic information to quickly determine your eligibility to be served by the program. We can also answer any questions you have about our program and services.
  2. If you’re eligible, you can complete an application form. Either come by our office to pick one up (Thornley Campus, Bldg. 700, Room 106) or you can print one. Complete the form and return to the office or mail it to P.O. Box 118067, VB-M, Charleston, SC, 29423-8067. Another part of the application process includes providing documentation for eligibility. We will discuss this with you and if you need help obtaining the documentation, we can help with that, too.
  3. Finally, you’ll make an appointment to take the placement test, which is 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’ll be ready to start the program.

VUB Course Descriptions

Basic Skills Refresher - This course is a great place to begin brushing up on skills that may be a bit rusty. Students work at their own pace with an easy-to-use software program that walks them step-by-step through basic material they need to know. Regular meetings with the director or academic coordinator offer opportunities to check on progress, ask questions and receive any necessary assistance.

Grammar - This course covers the essential information students need to craft sentences that are grammatically correct. It covers the parts of speech, sentence structure, punctuation and avoiding common errors. We also will work on some basic paragraphing skills.

Composition - This course is designed to help prepare students for the writing they will do in curriculum-level college courses. It covers the various stages of the writing process, writing for specific purposes, and both paragraph and essay structure. In support of writing, basic reading skills are also included.

Literature - This course is designed to introduce students to the study of literature: how to read, understand, interpret and write about it. Students learn about the basic elements of three literary genres—fiction, poetry and drama—and how those elements work to produce meaning and understanding for the reader. This course is currently offered in the summer.

Mathematics - This course offers individualized instruction and small group learning within the class setting, and elements of math are available from the basics through pre-calculus. Students work through the math levels they will need for their expected program of study.

Computer Literacy - This class prepares students by introducing them to computer usage. The course includes sessions on the internet, email, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and file management.

Laboratory Science - This course prepares students for studying the laboratory sciences, teaching familiarity with scientific thought, the laboratory environment and scientific terminology.

Foreign Language - This course offers a basic introduction to the Spanish language and includes both verbal and written components.

Contact Info


Thornley Campus
Bldg. 700, Rm. 106
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tamara Brown
Program Assistant Aide

Denise Haynes
Program Manager



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