The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is one of the most important benefits that veterans receive for their service. Whether it’s the Montgomery or Post-9/11, a GI Bill can provide veterans with the education needed to better apply their military skills in the civilian world or transition into a new career field after the military. Founded in 1971 by retired Navy Capt. Dr. David Chigos, National University (NU) is committed to providing veterans with a whole human approach to education.
Here are 5 benefits that NU offers student veterans.
After taking off the uniform, many veterans move away from their last duty station. Some settle nowhere near a base. Although National University’s main campus is in San Diego, California, the school offers over 75 degree programs, plus certificates and teacher credentialing programs online. Year-round enrollment allows veterans to start their degrees sooner and a one-month course format helps them finish it faster.
2. Financial Aid
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® can remove much of the financial burden for veterans going back to school. However, it doesn’t always cover everything. As a Yellow Ribbon school, NU offers a few resources to help cover what the GI Bill may not. The Veterans Victory Scholarship awards up to $5,000 to veterans based on academic or community achievement and financial need. For veterans without access to or not using the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, including those using the Montgomery GI Bill, NU offers a scholarship that provides a 25% tuition reduction.
3. Supportive Ecosystem
Transitioning back to civilian life can be difficult after serving on active duty. The challenges of going back to school can make this transition even more difficult. With a special focus on helping veterans achieve higher education, National University provides support systems and resources to help veterans succeed. NU has been adult-focused for over 50 years. The school offers dedicated military support and military enrollment advisors to help get veterans started. As they work towards their degrees, veterans can take advantage of NU’s mentoring network and free virtual counseling. Recognizing the stresses of academia, NU even offers behavioral health support. A job portal and alumni association help graduates take full advantage of their hard-earned degrees and connect them with the 190,000 NU alumni worldwide.
4. Transfer Credits
National University offers transfer-friendly degree programs. Veterans who took college courses at other accredited institutions can transfer these credits to NU. Additionally, NU recognizes many of the licenses and certifications that veterans receive through their military training and experience. Applicable credits can be transferred from military records to NU, helping veterans maximize their service in pursuit of their degree.
5. Family Benefits
Military families serve too. From constant moves to making do while their service member is deployed, spouses and dependents endure their own challenges as part of military life. National University recognizes this and extends benefits to veteran spouses and dependents. They receive access to the same supportive ecosystem covered in Benefit Number 3. Additionally, spouses and dependents are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction scholarship if they are not using a Post-9/11 GI Bill® or Fry Scholarship.
This article was sponsored by National University.