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12+ Crucial Things to Consider When Looking to Attend College as a Veteran or Military

Things for Veterans and Military to Consider When Looking to Attend College

The following 15 points are what all veterans looking to attend college should consider before making a decision.

Full-time Veteran Counselor on Campus

A full-time Veteran counselor is on campus to offer assistance and support for an array of student-Veteran issues.

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ACE Credit for Military Experience

ACE Military Evaluations Program evaluates formal military training in terms of academic credit, allowing thousands of military personnel to earn credit for college-level learning acquired in the military.

Approved for Military Tuition Assistance Funding

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Tuition and fees may exceed what the GI Bill will cover. Yellow Ribbon schools make additional funds available without additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement.

Scholarships for Military

Apply for military specific scholarships at specific institutions.

Reduced Tuition for Military

Some institutions offer reduced tuition to members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Signed VA Principles of Excellence

Educational institutions participating in the Principles of Excellence program agree to follow a set of guidelines pertaining to student-Veteran issues. Example: Providing students with a personalized form of the total cost of an educational program and designating a Point-of-Contact for academic and financial advising.

Club/Associations for Veterans

These institutions offer student-Veteran clubs and associations on their campuses.

Veteran Upward Bound Program

The Veterans Upward Bound Program is designed to motivate and assist Veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a post-secondary program.

Awards Credit for CLEP Exam

CLEP exams allow Veterans to receive college credit by earning qualifying scores on any one or more of 24 assessments, allowing them to move directly into higher-education courses, saving both time and money.

Awards Credit for DSST Program

DSST are also credit-by-examination exams for both higher and lower levels.

In State Tuition Extended for Active Duty

These institutions charge active duty military, regardless of their state of residence, no more than the in-state tuition rate.

NOTE: This has now been extended to all service members and veterans for public institutions.

Campus Student Veterans of America Chapter

SVA chapters are student-Veteran groups that have formed on college and university campuses to provide peer-to-peer networks for Veterans who are attending those institutions.


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