VUB provides a variety of statewide services to support veterans as they explore educational and training opportunities. We have expanded the assistance available for program participants by increasing access to individualized counseling and advising services for career exploration, college admissions, and veterans' benefits. These services are provided by email, mail, and phone as well as in person at our Billings site.

Career Exploration

Spotlights high interest fields for veterans and assists participants in exploring local and state education and training programs. Includes the opportunity for completing an online career assessment inventory (CAI) with follow-up individual career counseling provided by VUB staff.

College Admissions

Receive assistance with understanding and applying for financial aid, applying for college admission, meeting admission requirements, registering for classes, and making sense of degree requirements. Find answers to your college admission questions here. Includes appropriate referral to campus resources.

VA Education Benefits

Get help understanding and accessing your VA education benefits. Includes guidance in using the webpage for details on individual benefits, amounts, months remaining, posting questions, and using your benefit. One-on-one assistance is available to complete the online application and print the documents needed for the college certifying official.

General Academic Evaluation

TABE Assessment & Accuplacer Assessment

This online assessment measures a veteran's general level of math, writing and spelling to help identify academic strengths and weaknesses. The TABE test produces a score based on a grade equivalency of 1 through 13. The online TABE takes 20-30 minutes to complete. The Accuplacer test produces a students readiness to complete college entrance courses. The Accuplacer takes 45-60 minutes to complete.

College Math/Writing Readiness

Compass Assessment & Accuplacer Student Assessment

These online assessments evaluate a veteran's math and writing ability to determine his or her level of college math or writing. Most students entering or transferring to a Montana college must complete the Compass Assessment, Accuplacer Student Assessment, or similar test (Aleks, eWrite), which place them in an appropriate level of college math and writing courses. The online Compass Assessment takes about 20-30 minutes to complete and the Online Accuplacer Student Assessment takes about 45-60 minutes to complete. Each assessment indicates areas needing an academic refresher.

Career Exploration

Career Assessment Inventory

This questionnaire compares an individual's occupational interests to those of individuals in 111 specific careers that reflect a broad range of technical and professional positions in today's workforce. The results are used to develop career and study plans. The program director will contact the veteran with the results to provide career planning services and to explore education and training options. The online CAI takes 30-45 minutes to complete.

Beginning Computer & Keyboarding

Develops basic keyboarding skills and presents an introduction to simple tasks such as using the mouse, cut and paste, creating and saving a document, and using email. Get an overview of common computer programs.

Preparing to e-file your Taxes

Filing your taxes online can be quick and easy. Use our checklist to gather the documents and information you will need to e-file and attend the workshop to have your "how to" questions answered. The VUB computer lab is staffed and open for you to file your taxes using software that is available free online.

Personal Finance

Covers topics related to an individual's financial situation: employment pay, benefits, and working conditions; our federal tax system and filing personal income tax returns; the principals necessary to develop short-term and long-term financial goals; developing a monthly budget; creating and maintaining a personal filing system; making banking decisions based on short-term and long-term financial goals; and understanding the impact of credit scores.

Math & Writing Refresher

Preparing for College Placement Testing

The Compass, Aleks and eWrite assessments are placement tests used by colleges and some training programs to evaluate an incoming student's level of math, writing and reading. The results are used to place students in college math and writing classes matched to their skill levels. VUB's 2-week workshop is design to quickly refresh math and writing skills in preparation for taking the college admission assessment at the end of the workshop (any associated testing fees are covered by VUB).

The Veterans Upward Bound is a program in my opinion is a necessity. The amount of knowledge one can gain from this experience is great. It has already been proven by students and faculty that the fail rate of a veteran coming out of this program is significantly less than say one who didn't feel the need. Before joining the program I feared the thought of going back to school and not being able to catch on, but now I have the confidence I need to succeed in college after my VUB experience.
Student Testimonial

Veterans Upward Bound is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by Montana State University Northern.