When the boots come off

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Next Mission?

Discover your talent and find your new path

Free stipend and benefits!

Apply today!

We are a free college preparatory program for eligible veterans federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education

This program offers free virtual and in person college prep services

VUB is designed and tailored to meet the needs
of the individual veteran in their pursuit of
post-secondary education at the college of their

The primary goal of VUB is to prepare eligible veterans to enter, persist, and graduate from their college of choice

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Our Programs include:

Academic Assessment

  • Help you identify areas of academic strengths and weaknesses
  • FREE online refresher and remedial courses in over 500 topics

Academic Counseling

  • Help to develop study skills
  • Time management assistance for successful course completion

Educational Support Services

  • Help with school and degree comparisons and selection
  • Assist with transcripts (including Joint Service Transcripts and Air Force Community College Transcript)
  • GED / SAT / ACT prep and scheduling

Digital Literacy Programming

  • We'll help you learn the basics:
    • Microsoft Office
    • Google Suite
    • Basics on Distance Learning

College & Financial Aid Application Assistance

  • Connect with grants and scholarships
  • Assistance completing FAFSA
  • Support throughout the College Application process

Non-credit Academic Classes and Tutoring

  • Free tutoring services
  • Over 500 FREE refresher/remedial non-credit courses

Veteran Benefits

  • Veteran Readiness and Employment Assistance
  • GI Bill Assistance
  • Yellow Ribbon

Student Success Kit

  • VUB backpack, pens, notebooks, lanyard & more!

Career Development

  • Resume and Cover letter Development
  • Job Search
  • Interview Skills
  • Federal Resume Building

The primary goal of VUB is to prepare eligible veterans to enter, persist, and graduate from their college of choice.

Who Can Apply

Residence in the following areas:

Washington, D.C.

At least 180 days of active-duty service of qualifying reserve time

Note: Veterans with fewer than 180 days of active-duty or discharged with a disability may also qualify
Any discharged (other than dishonorable) Veterans must meet at least one of the following criteria:

Is a first generation college student

Meets low income guidelines established by the Department of Education

Has an established academic need / been out of school for five or more years


Thousands of veterans have received VUB benefits

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Is this program right for you?
This VUB program is only for employees, students and residents of Washington, D.C. Visit the Department of Education to find the VUB program in your area.
Do you meet the criteria?
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