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Veterans Upward Bound

Our Veterans Upward Bound representatives are eager to “serve those who so proudly served for us.”

The Veterans Upward Bound Program is funded through the United States Department of Education as a part of the TRIO grant programs. The mission of Veterans Upward Bound Program is to assist eligible veterans to become successful in their educational and career goals.

In addition to offering services at Mountain Empire Community CollegeSouthwest Virginia Community CollegeVirginia Highlands Community College and Wytheville Community College, the program provides outreach services to other communities within the Commonwealth of Virginia on an “as-needed” basis. Current outreach services are being designed to address the needs of veterans in the Roanoke and New River Valley area.

Participation in Veterans Upward Bound does not obligate veterans to attend college at one of our partner institutions. The program is designed to assist veterans to pursue postsecondary education programs at the college or university of their choice. We invite you to explore the FREE services available to veterans.
 credits to careersEligibility Requirements for Veterans Upward Bound

  • Any veteran who has served 181 days of active duty AND has received a discharge other than dishonorable
    • AND
  • Is a first generation college student
    • OR
  • Meets low income guidelines established by the Department of Education.
    • OR
  • Established academic need / been out of school for five or more years.

If you are uncertain of your eligibility, contact one of our counselors for assistance.

VUB Application

“The Military Times Best: Colleges 2020 list, formerly known as Best for Vets: Colleges submitted an exhaustive, 150-question survey to be considered for our annual rankings. The rankings were more competitive than ever in 2020, as a record number of schools participated in our annual survey, and less than half made the cut. ”

southwest best for vetsOver the last several years, SWCC has consistently ranked in the top 25 of this prestigious recognition, achieving a ranking of #10 in 2 year colleges for 2020.

Visit the Military Times Best for Vets 2020 website to learn more about this distinction awarded to SWCC for its service to veterans.