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Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) programs are funded by the United States Department of Education. VUB is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic skills necessary for acceptance, and success, in a program of post-secondary education. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which veterans enroll in and complete post-secondary education programs (two-/4-year college or vocational/technical school).

The four-step March college preparatory curriculum, created by the STARS and STRIPES VUB programs at the University of Central Oklahoma, organizes services and needed skills into four easy steps to success for post-secondary entry. 

Program Services

  • Assistance with applying for financial aid 
  • College transition and admission assistance 
  • Academic advisement 
  • Career exploration 
  • Mentoring


Funded to serve Tulsa and Muskogee, Oklahoma, STARS (Students Training for Academic Readiness and Success) will serve up to 125 U.S. military veterans to prepare for and access a post-secondary program of their choice. STARS was newly funded at UCO by the U.S. Department of Education for the first time  Sept. 1, 2022.

Individuals that live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, or  Muskogee, Oklahoma, or the surrounding communities, can apply for STARS-VUB below. 


Meet the STARS team

Coming soon.


Re-funded to continue providing services to veterans in Oklahoma City and Lawton, STRIPES (Student Transition Readiness Integration Program for Educational Support). Veterans that live in Oklahoma City, Lawton, Oklahoma, or the surrounding communities can apply for STRIPES-VUB below.


meet the stripes team

Kima Murry
VUB Project Director

Robin Chipman
VUB Outreach Specialist

Cassadra Boyd
VUB Outreach Specialist

Contact Us

Monday - Friday 
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Max Chambers Library, Room 221
Phone: 405-974-3967