College-bound veterans have a ton of questions about prospective schools (& rightfully so). Connecting with the Veteran Affairs Coordinator at your school of choice is the most efficient way to get all of your questions answered.
The following are 8 questions you should ask the Veteran Affairs Coordinator to determine if the school places an emphasis on student-veterans & would be a good fit for you:
Is there a full-time Veteran Counselor or Advisor on campus? What type of assistance do they offer for student-veterans?
This individual is someone you can go to for academic, personal, or career assistance and advice. That’s their whole purpose. Having a veteran counselor on campus is a sign that this school puts an emphasis on supporting their student veterans.
Is there an SVA (Student Veterans of America) chapter or any veteran-related clubs on your campus?
These organizations are great resources for you and offer an opportunity to connect with other student veterans on campus. Having this support system of other like-minded individuals and veterans will help you find success in the long run.
Does your campus have a veteran center?
Certain campuses have impressive veteran centers, however they are expensive to build and/or fund. This shows a school’s commitment to student-veterans if they put in the time/effort/money to dedicate a separate area for veterans and military-affiliated students to call their own.
Has your school signed the VA Principles of Excellence?
This designation represents the school’s commitment and focus on providing their student-veterans with premier services.
What is the student-veteran graduation rate at your school?
This is SUPER important as it indicates the quality of students accepted and the quality of the school’s veteran support programs. It’s always good to know this when making your decision.
Does your school accept ACE credit for military experience?
ACE allows you to translate your military experience into college credit, which reduces the amount of time and money you’ll need for your degree program, and helps you to get the most out of your savings and GI Bill.
Does your school participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?
Degree-granting institutions of higher learning participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program agree to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. This is important from a financial standpoint and could save you thousands of dollars in tuition-related costs.
The best way to connect and start this conversation is by building your profile on CollegeRecon. After you build your profile and identify the criteria that you are looking for in a school, you’ll have a list of schools that fit your criteria. From that list, you can begin a conversation directly from your profile on CollegeRecon.
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