For years, veterans looking to continue their education after serving has been difficult and at times frustrating.

But Del Mar College is trying to ease this burden through their Veterans Upward Bound Program.

In this edition of Military Matters, our Kristin Diaz shows us how a recent grant is helping them reach that goal.

Through the VUB program, eligible veterans can receive free assistance with:

 Preparedness and funding for college admission tests such as the Texas Success Initiative

 Refresher classes in subjects like math, science, English, writing and foreign languages

 College or university entrance applications

 Applications for financial aid

 Academic advice and mentoring services

To be eligible for the program, veterans must:

 Have at least 180 days of active duty service or qualifying reserve time (certain exceptions apply)

 Possess a discharge other than dishonorable

 Meet at least one of the following criteria:

o Meet federal low-income guidelines

o Be a first-generation college student (neither parent completed a four-year degree)

o Lack academic preparedness

Questions regarding criteria or eligibility should be directed to the VUB program office, which is located in Health Sciences Building 2, Room 206, on DMC's West Campus at Old Brownsville and Airport roads. For more information, call 361-698-2643/2642 or email Krupa at dkrupa@delmar.edu.

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