Recognizing that veterans who go back to school after leaving the military have unique needs and challenges on the road to higher education, NU is there to help make that transition easier. As a veteran-founded university, NU recognizes the unique strengths, determination, and integrity of the military community, and is dedicated to supporting veterans and members of the military community in reaching their goal of higher education.
Here are five advantages that NU offers its veteran students.
National University has dedicated military enrollment advisors to help veteran students get started on their academic journey. Once enrolled, the military benefits team can help ensure that veteran students take advantage of every opportunity available. Throughout their time with NU, students also have access to the Veteran Center support services that include peer-to-peer support from military-experience academic advisors, counseling and wellness resources, as well as career and tutoring services.
Credit for military experience
National University’s degree programs are transfer-friendly, allowing students to maximize as many previously-earned credits as possible. While this naturally includes college credits from other accredited institutions, military training and experience can also be counted as credit toward a degree. Veterans just need to provide their Joint Service Transcript or military training. NU staff will examine their transcript for things like language skills, leadership training, and even first aid skills to accept as transfer credit.
Going back to school after leaving the military isn’t the same as going to college straight from high school. Veteran students often have responsibilities like work and childcare that prevent them from being traditional full-time students. National University was set up for adult learners like veteran students and offers year-round enrollment. Moreover, classes start monthly or bi-monthly and are just four to eight weeks long. This allows veteran students to take classes at their convenience with minimal disruption to their daily lives.
Building on National University’s convenient and flexible class structure, NU also offers both on-site and online courses. While the school’s main campus is conveniently located in sunny San Diego, California, students can access NU’s online classes from the comfort of their own homes. Whether it’s a chat room discussion after a morning run, working on an assignment in between bites on your lunch break, or a late-night study session after putting the kids to bed, NU’s online courses allow veteran students to take classes around their schedule.
‘Yellow Ribbon’ Program
The post-9/11 GI Bill ® is a huge benefit for veterans who go back to school after their service. While it helps to cover costs like housing, school supplies, tuition and fees, and even relocating, it doesn’t cover everything. That’s where the Yellow Ribbon Program comes in. Yellow Ribbon schools like National University may voluntarily waive a portion of the remaining tuition costs not covered by the GI Bill and other financial aid, putting high-quality education within the reach of veteran students.
This article was sponsored by National University.