Veterans Upward Bound Program

Veterans Upward Bound Program

Our Mission

Veterans Upward BoundTo Serve, Support, and Educate

The mission of Del Mar College Veterans Upward Bound Program, in support of the College and the Division of Student Engagement and Retention, is to provide U.S. military veterans with supportive services that will ensure they have the motivation and skills to enter and graduate from a post-secondary institution.

To accomplish this mission, the program will identify eligible veterans and provide:

  • Supportive services based upon the educational needs of the individual veteran, to include but not be limited to admissions, financial aid, and academic remediation, which will improve their chance of success and academic achievement;
  • Resource identification and appropriate referrals; and
  • Encouragement; and will track their progress through certification or degree completion.

Del Mar College Veterans Upward Bound is a free pre-college program designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of postsecondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. In addition, veterans learn how to secure support from other available resources, such as the Veterans Administration and other local agencies that serve veterans. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs.

  • Program eligibility

    • If you are a Veteran who wants to go back to school or if you could use a free refresher program to help knock the rust off of your skills, contact the veteran-friendly staff at a the Del Mar College Veterans Upward Bound Program.
    • Program eligibility is not limited to veterans planning to attend Del Mar College.
    • Benefits, services, and materials are no cost to eligible veterans.
    • All services, books and instruction are completely FREE OF CHARGE for those who qualify.

    The website for the National Association of Veterans Upward Bound Programs can be found at

  • Enrollment assistance

    • Completing of college enrollment and admissions forms
    • Retrieving academic transcripts (military and college)
    • ACT test registration
    • Researching various schools' admissions policies and criteria
    • Researching programs of study and coursework
    • Assistance with registration of classes
  • Financial Aid counseling

    • Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) both manually or using FAFSA Express computerized software for faster processing
    • Understanding various financial aid options available including:
      • Pell Grants
      • Subsidized Student Loans
      • Unsubsidized Student Loans
      • Montgomery G.I. Bill 
  • Career exploration

    • Career assessments that help you match your skills, talents, and ambitions to careers that are available to you
    • Workshops on training opportunities and specific careers
    • Exposure to labor market information including salary levels, job requirements, and qualifications/educational level necessary
  • Academic assistance

    • Academic Assistance to help you identify your academic strengths and weaknesses
    • Instruction in basic academic skills - reading, writing, math, science, foreign languages, and computer literacy
    • Academic tutoring on-line
    • Assistance in obtaining GED diploma
    • TSI and other entrance exam application and preparation assistance
    • Workshops on study skills and college survival issues.
  • Staff

    VUB Office Location

    West Campus, Building HS2, room 204, 205 & 206

    Office Hours:

    Monday – Thursday 7:30AM-5:00PM
    Friday 7:30AM-12:30PM

    Staff Contact Information

    dion krupaDion Krupa, Director

    veronica barbosa pictureVeronica Barbosa, Advisor

    cindy orta picCindy Soliz, Administrative Assistant

    Bobby Davis PhotoBobby Davis, Instructor

Page last updated September 5, 2019.

Contact Information

Veterans Services
East: 271 Harvin Student Center
West: 106 Coleman Center
361-698-1876 West