TRIO Programs at USM

Veterans Upward Bound




Helping Maine military veterans prepare for, and pursue, the attainment of a degree.

A message from Dr. Glenn Cummings, President of USM:
"At the University of Southern Maine, we have nearly 350 student veterans — the highest number of any college or university in Maine — and we’ve made it our mission to help them achieve and excel in their academic goals.”

The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program of Maine is designed to provide assistance to eligible military veterans in pursuit of higher education. We offer access and support to help veterans successfully transition into and be successful in college. All services are tailored to an individual’s needs to ensure success in the attainment of a degree and career of the student’s choice.

About Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound is a federally funded pre-college program that provides assistance, at no-cost, to eligible veterans who wish to pursue a college degree. VUB is designed to develop the academic and personal skills necessary for admission into the post-secondary program of the veteran’s choice.

We provide, advising, mentoring, tutoring, and instruction in the core competencies required for college entrance. Our intensive and individualized instruction is outcome-based and occurs in a variety of times and locations, both in-person and online, to work with each person’s individual needs. Our goal is to make sure that the veteran is prepared for admission to the program of choice.

The program is available year round with no hard beginning or end dates. We offer workshops and tutoring throughout the year. However, we do suggest that the veteran meets with us at least six months prior to the semester in which s/he wishes to start so that all needs are met.

Program Services

  • Admissions and Financial Aid Application Assistance
  • Career Exploration
  • Financial Literacy
  • Academic Skills Assessment and Preparation in English, Math, Science, Foreign Language
  • Prior Learning Assessment/Joint Services Transcript (JST) Review
  • Study Skills/College Transition Assistance
  • Computer Literacy