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O-W Program Helps Veterans Start College


The Veterans Upward Bound program at Okaloosa-Walton Community College is now accepting new students. The program provides free services to U.S. Armed Services veterans of any age who wish to begin college or those who need to earn a high school equivalent GED diploma.

Academic refresher courses, free tutoring and skills exploration, preparation for college placement tests, personal assistance with financial aid forms, career and employment counseling, GED preparation, and more are provided. Qualified applicants may also be eligible for a monthly financial aid stipend.

The program primarily serves veterans whose parents did not have a college degree (vets who are first generation college students) or veterans who have a limited income. Veterans must have served at least 180 days active duty and have earned no previous college degree.

Veterans Upward Bound is located in Building K, room 149 of the OWCC Niceville campus, but the services are open to veterans in both Okaloosa and Walton County through the colleges six campuses and centers.

Nationwide, the Veterans Upward Bound effort serves more than 5,000 participants annually with intensive basic skills development and short-term remedial courses to help veterans successfully transition to college or vocational education.

Call 729-4999 or 729-6062 for more information or to schedule an admissions appointment.

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