Student Transition Readiness Integration Program for Educational Support (STRIPES) – Veteran Upward Bound (VUB) is a federally funded TRiO grant program through the Department of Education awarded to the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in 2017 currently for a five year period. Our program is designed to provide supportive services to military service members and veterans in an effort to ensure successful entry or re-entry and completion of a post-secondary program of study of their choice. STRIPES-VUB, focuses on counseling and information on program selection, admission, and first time enrollment to 125 qualified veterans each year who want to enter a program of postsecondary education or technical school.

STRIPES-VUB provides:

  • Assistance with securing required paperwork
  • Information and assistance with financial aid and admissions applications
  • Dedicated computer lab, lounge, and study areas stocked with beverages and snacks
  • Academic program and career interest evaluations
  • Assistance with college admission exams
  • College and life skills development workshops
  • Opportunities to connect with other student veterans through paid social events
  • Academic instruction in math, English, and computer literacy
  • Connections to local Veteran support organizations
  • Referrals to additional college and community services