Unsurprisingly, the Post-9/11 GI Bill that was enacted in August enticed an abundance of veterans to apply for college this year. The Department of Veterans Affairs has deemed more than 200,000 vets eligible to receive some or all of the necessary funding for an in-state, undergraduate education.
Although complaints about the program’s slow payment turnaround time have been overshadowing the positive anecdotes, schools across the country are equipping themselves to accommodate this new demographic: Not only are most schools tolerating late tuition payments from vets, but many are incorporating a boot camp of their own into the university’s curriculum. This semester, the University of Missouri re-introduced a course designed specifically for veterans, George Mason University hired a full-time veteran liaison to rectify any inequities, and Western Michigan University held a “Veterans in the Classroom” webinar for faculty and staff.
According to a recent Washington Post article, as of July, 57 percent of academic institutions offer veteran-specific services and organizations designed to help new enrollees transition from the battlefield to the classroom. With the marked growth of these new programs, student vets can rest assured that their support system extends beyond a signed check.
Posted by Megan Cassidy
Given the widespread adoption of Covid vaccinations, college students are increasingly heading back to college campuses and attending classes in person again. Naturally, the desire to overindulge in collegiate events and festivities could lead to splurging beyond your means.
Many people think of their lives as a series of phases that are passed through. In one phase, you are planning your college career to help you get the right job, in another you are saving for retirement and for your kids to go to college, and then in the end you are enjoying your retirement and looking back on your life.