Veterans Upward Bound History

For more than 20 years, Veterans' Upward Bound (VUB) has provided a statewide network of free instruction, services and support to Montana's veterans. Whatever the academic or transition needs, VUB is here to help veterans plan and prepare for their next step.

VUB is sponsored by MSU-Northern in Havre, and our offices are hosted on the MSU-Billings campus.


Veterans' Upward Bound (VUB) is funded by a grant through the US Dept. of Education and is charged with providing educational and support services to veterans. It is intended to encourage and assist veterans in pursuing post-secondary education and training. It is the only Federal education program specifically created to serve the needs of veterans.

VUB provides personalized assistance to help veterans improve academic skills, explore college and training programs, and enjoy a smoother transition from their military service into whatever comes next.

Program Overview

Montana's VUB is an extensive statewide program of FREE instruction and support services:

  • In-class, on-campus college preparatory instruction in eight Montana cities.
  • Live streaming online classes to expand statewide offerings.
  • Customized workshops to fit tight schedules and deliver focused instruction.
  • Online, self-paced instruction for veterans who desire to improve their skills at home on their schedule.
  • College application assistance: admissions, financial aid, veterans' education benefits & military transcripts.
  • Academic and career counseling in-person (Billings only) or by phone.
  • Referral services to other agencies and community service providers.
  • Answers to just about any questions veterans may ask.


Our goal is to be the best first step for veterans making a career or life change or preparing to enter or re-enter college. We offer:

  • High-quality educational services to prepare for post-secondary education, training or employment.
  • Support services that will facilitate the transition into college or access to community resources and service providers.
  • Reliable assistance from an experienced staff.

If you're not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you're determined to learn, no one can stop you.


Veterans Upward Bound has provided instruction, support services and career counseling to veterans transitioning from soldier to civilian life since 1992.

Contact Us
  • Phone:
    (800) 356-8387
  • Fax:
    (406) 657-2077
    1500 University Drive
    Cisel Hall
    Billings, MT 59101