Preparing Veterans for College

You served your country proudly. Now it’s time to honor yourself with the tools for a successful career. Veterans Upward Bound is a free educational program that assists veterans in Maricopa and northern Pinal County who are either low-income or first-generation, potential college students with improving academic skills and transitioning to the college of their choice.  

Enroll in Veterans Upward Bound and receive online instruction, academic tutoring, assistance with financial aid and scholarship applications, and referrals to Veterans Administration information as needed.

For veterans who qualify for enrollment, there are no monetary expenses. The only real expenditure is in the form of time and effort. Our staff members believe that our veterans are capable of reaching whatever academic goals they choose. We sincerely hope you will take advantage of our program and allow us to be of assistance in your journey.

We thank you for your service to our country and invite you to stop by our office at your earliest convenience.


ASU TRIO Veterans Upward Bound impact

  • 70% improvement rate on standardized tests
  • Over 1000 hours of academic coaching outside of instruction time
  • More than 55% enroll in a postsecondary program within a year of completing Veterans Upward Bound
  • 140 veterans served annually throughout central Arizona


Program benefits

  • Individualized online instruction
  • Academic coaching
  • College/university admissions preparation (school of choice)
  • College planning sessions
  • GED preparation (if needed)
  • No out of pocket cost
  • Eligible to apply for scholarships only available to Veterans Upward Bound
  • Continued support throughout academic career

Core academic areas

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Spanish (foreign language)
  • Biology (science)
  • Computer literacy
  • Personal development
    • Academic success
    • Career exploration
    • College planning
    • Financial literacy
    • Health and wellness

Program Participation

  • Evaluate education goals
    • Veterans Upward Bound will help you set and achieve your academic goals.
  • Attend one-on-one sessions like study skills, financial literacy and career exploration
  • Establish a class schedule
    • Veterans Upward Bound offers online courses with academic tutoring.
  • Complete a Math/English evaluation
    • This helps personalize the Veterans Upward Bound class services you will receive.
  • Attend classes anytime online
  • Attend personal development activities
  • Veterans Administration services
    • Veterans Upward Bound may refer you to additional resources and services including assistance requesting your military service records.
  • College admissions
    • Veterans Upward Bound will help you connect with the educational institution of your choice and assist with the admission process.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships
    • Once you have determined your school of choice, Veterans Upward Bound will assist you with completing the Federal Financial Aid Application (FAFSA) and scholarship application.
  • Reach your academic goals
    • Veterans Upward Bound is here to see you learn, grow and succeed. Enroll today!