From The Military Back To School: 5 Useful Resources For Veterans Interested In Going To College
Are you or a fellow veteran interested in going to college? Even if money is tight and times are tough, it can happen. Here are some resources to help you.
Veterans face a wide variety of mental and physical challenges upon returning to civilian life. Adapting to the college lifestyle is certainly one of them.
For example, the “traditional” college student is often young, single, and without children. Veterans, on the other hand, are far more likely to be married and have at least one child compared to their peers.
College life is taxing for all students, let alone someone who’s endured months or years of military service. You can make your transition a lot easier by relying on these 5 resources dedicated to veterans interested in going to college.
Look for Colleges with a Veteran Population
Schools with larger veteran populations often have greater access to better resources. Look for colleges that have a veteran’s office or at least a veteran’s administrator.
You’ll also be able to rely on support from other veteran students on campus. As we mentioned, a majority of college students differ from their veteran peers. It’s helpful to have others who understand the transition you’re going through.
Join Student Veterans of America
Student Veterans of America (SVA) has over 1,300 chapters across the country. This nonprofit organization supports veterans in their transition to education and employment.
Members receive detailed resources for paying tuition and adjusting to their new environments. They also join the SVA network for finding available internships, jobs, and scholarships.
Enroll in Strength After Service
ONE Freedom offers a reintegration program designed to improve acute and chronic stress. Strength After Service involves much more than education, but it is a large component.
Participants learn how to cope to avoid mental, emotional, and physical stress response. The resiliency taught through this class carries over into both the work and school environment, as well as one’s home life.
Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program
The Post-9/11 GI Bill covers tuition and fees for public in-state schools. Yellow Ribbon makes up the difference for those attending private or out-of-state schools.
Both active members and veterans qualify, as well as their children and dependents. One must also receive the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Check Military Scholarship Database
U.S. Veterans Magazine provides a digital resource for finding military scholarships. Financial needs vary from veteran to veteran and are dependent on one’s situation. So, it’s best to spend time researching which option is best for you.
Also, check out The American Legion, AMVETS, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. These organizations are all known as powerhouses for granting military scholarships. Also, don’t forget to check your specific branches’ financial aid options.
Learn More About Going to College as a Veteran
Veterans often find themselves struggling to adapt to civilian life after their service. Going to college is a common difficulty, however, it’s not the most serious one can endure.
Project We Care works with Veterans to provide them with the essential basic necessities needed in everyday life. Get involved with our organization today to help veterans in need.