Montana Veterans’ Upward Bound

Montana Veterans’ Upward Bound

Address: MSU-B Campus Cisel Hall, Rm. 109 Billings, MT 59101

Phone Numbers: (406)657-2075 or 1-877-356-8387 Toll-free


Contact: Joe Cobos

Fax Number: (406)657-2077


Services: Veterans Upward Bound provides intensive basic skills development in those academic subjects required for successful completion of a high school equivalency program and/or admission to post-secondary education programs; short-term remedial or refresher classes for  veterans who are high school graduates but have delayed pursuing a  post-secondary school education; assistance with applications to the post-secondary school of choice; assistance with applying for financial aid; personal counseling; academic advice and assistance; activities designed to acquaint veterans participating in the project with the range of career options available to them; assistance in securing veterans services from other locally available resources; exposure to cultural events, academic programs, and other educational activities not usually available to disadvantaged people.

College Transition Assistance Program: CTAP provides instruction for veterans beginning or returning to college-level work who reside in the Billings area. College preparatory instruction is offered during fall and spring semesters at the MSU-Billings campus. These classes are non-credit and vary each semester. Veteran educational benefits such as the GI Bill or Voc-Rehab can be used while in this program. Classes include: Math, Algebra, Writing/Grammar, Introduction to Science, Computer Skills, Foreign Languages and College Success Strategies/Advising.

Distance Learning Program: This program provides online instruction to veterans who are unable to attend class programs or prefer the flexibility of internet based instruction. Please be aware that distance learning may not be appropriate for all learners. Distance education requires a great deal of self-discipline and motivation to maximize your learning experience. By taking the distance learning assessment survey, you will understand what you may encounter in a distance education course. Courses include: College Grammar/Writing, College Math, Computer Applications, Career Exploration, Mathematics, Reading and Writing.

Costs of Service: No cost for instruction, texts or materials.

Eligibility: Must be a U.S. Veteran having served at least 180 days of active duty in U.S. military service and (a) an honorable or (b) medical discharge; veteran cannot be dishonorably discharge.  Must be a member of Reserve component who was (a) called to active duty for more than 30 days or (b) who served active duty on or after 9-11-01.  Must meet low-income and/or first generation college student requirements. Must demonstrate an academic need and desire to enter post-secondary education or training program.


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