Institutional Membership - $200
Veteran enrollment at colleges and universities all over the nation is continually rising, and CO-ACME continues to be an amazing place for collaboration and building networks to better serve our veterans, military and family members. Institutional members will be able to attend our annual Spring Conference and Fall Summit in order to meet other veteran / military friendly originations across the state. You will be able to have your school’s logo and URL on the CO-ACME website / flyers. You will also be able to participate in our Annual Veterans Employment and Transition Expo. As an Institutional member, you can gain valuable information and build networks that will allow you to build a better veteran friendly / supportive program.
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Thanks very much for your continued participation in the Colorado Advisory Council on Military Education.
Obtain the resources and support to become a veteran friendly school
Ways to become a Veteran Friendly College/University:
Support the creation of a Veteran Student Organization
Many schools start or students themselves start Veteran Student Organizations or clubs on their campuses. These are important groups in providing veterans a network of fellow students who share many experiences and they often provide a feeling of connectedness in an environment where many other students are younger. With a supported Veteran Student Organization, many of the programs listed below had their start.
Offer a Yellow Ribbon Program
Schools who sign up to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program provide a set amount to help cover books, fees and even a portion of the tuition to student veterans when fees and tuition exceed the amount covered by the VA. This is then matched by the VA on top of their GI Bill Benefits.
Designate a Certifying Official and Keep Them in Place
A Certifying Official ensures that the correct paperwork is submitted to the VA every semester/term. As working with the VA can be sometimes confusing, avoid designating a new Certifying Official every term or year. Continuity will make it easier for your institution to work easily with the VA, get paid in a timely manner and create fewer headaches for your students.
Provide Priority Registration for Veterans
The Post 9-11 GI Bill is a great program as it not only pays tuition but also a living stipend. However, it is only good for a total of 36 months which means student veterans must complete their degree within that time. As many classes that are required for degrees fill up quickly, a number of schools allow veterans to move to the front of the registration line so they can finish on time.
Accept/Provide Military Transfer Credits
There is a large amount of formal instruction that takes place while someone is in the military and while many schools to offer some credits for military training and experience, many times this is often only for Physical Education. A number of schools now offer direct credit for some military training and experience. This includes credits for leadership schools, overseas deployments and language training.
Provide Deadline Extensions
Many veterans leave the service with in sufficient time to make standard registration deadlines.
Offer Scholarships for Veterans
While the Post 9-11 GI Bill typically covers tuition for most schools, for some schools particularly private institutions this is not the case. Further, other GI Bill chapters such as Chapters 33 and the Montgomery GI Bill are not as robust as the Post 9-11 GI Bill. A number of colleges offer special scholarships for student veterans or small scholarships which are matched by the VA.
Offer Veterans Upward Bound
This is a program designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in college. The program provides assessment and assistance in developing of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs.
Establish a Mentoring Program
In the service when you are assigned to a new installation and have a sponsor show you around the post/base. Now many schools do assign upper class veterans to new students to show them the ropes on campus including contacts prior to mid-terms and finals, checking in on tutoring and financial aid needs. It is also a great way to engage your student Veterans organization.
Offer Academic Support
Simply put, tutoring services for students.
Ensure Counselors have PTSD/TBI Training
While the percentage of veterans with PTSD or TBI is around 20% of those who have served, school counselors should have an understanding of how both issues can impact student veterans and know what allowances should be sought for testing. A number of Veteran organizations can offer this type of training.
Create a VA Work Study Program
The number of applicants selected will depend on the availability of VA-related work at your school or at VA facilities in your area. Veterans with service-connected disabilities of at least 30% may be given priority consideration. VA work study students have a portion of their salary paid by the VA.
Start a SALUTE Chapter
This is the National Student Veteran Honor Society designed to recognized student veterans for doing well in school. This organization started here in Colorado and is a great opportunity for a Veteran organization in the area to connect with a local school by sponsoring the formation of a SALUTE Chapter. There is a one-time fee of $100 to create the chapter.
Create a Student Veteran Center
As our student Veterans tend to be older and want to escape the buzz created by many of the 18 year olds they are surrounded by, many schools now have a space where veterans can escape the noise, study and hang out with fellow veterans. The best have study areas, computer access, coffee and a fridge for Veterans to keep lunches.
Offer Veterans Housing
A number of colleges across the country have now set up wings of dormitories or houses with multiple apartments for veterans. San Diego State University and Arizona State University are key examples of this.