Miami Dade College Receives Veterans Upward Bound Grant

Miami, Dec. 13, 2017 – Miami Dade College (MDC) has been awarded a Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Grant for $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Education to help veterans prepare for and transition to college. MDC is the only recipient of the grant south of Pensacola.

The five-year grant will assist approximately 125 service members per year with GI Bill benefits processing, advisement, financial aid, tutoring, remedial education, and overall transition to civilian life. MDC received its first VUB grant in 2003.

Prospective students must already have a high school diploma or GED and be military veterans who served in active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for more than 180 days and received other than a dishonorable discharge, among other qualifications. The VUB program requires that at least two-thirds of the participants meet income requirements and be first-generation college students. VUB assistance is available at all eight MDC campuses.

About Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest, campus-based institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 165,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of Associate in Arts and Science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. The college’s eight campuses offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including several baccalaureate degrees in biological sciences, engineering, data analytics, information systems technology, education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film and others.  MDC is the recipient of top national awards.    As Democracy’s College, MDC changes lives through accessible, high quality-teaching and learning experiences.  It houses the Miami Culinary Institute, the Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex, the Miami Fashion Institute, the Eig-Watson School of Aviation, the Idea Center, the School of Advance Studies, the New World School of the Arts, to name a few.  MDC has been named among the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.  The College embraces its responsibility to serve as an economic, cultural, and civic leader for the advancement of our diverse global community. Its alumni and employees contribute more than $6 billion annually to the local economy, and MDC graduates occupy top leadership positions in every major industry.   MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, the Tower Theater, Dyer Building, Koubek Center Mansion and Gardens, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, a sculpture park and a large art gallery system.  MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960.   For more information, visit

For more information about the VUB program at MDC, please contact Jason Abreu, Director of Veteran and Military Services, at 305-237-2841,