NLU’s Veterans Program is unique because it includes “wrap-around” services to assist student Veterans in their transition back to civilian life and academia. The services are called “wrap-around” because they are not all academically focused but all play a key role in helping veteran students succeed in their studies, and life.
The University has several career resources available to Veterans who are interested in career development, career transition and other programs.
Spiritual resources for those who are seeking additional information are provided at NLU.
For those veterans who may require legal counsel for their specific circumstances, NLU has legal resource referrals.
The University partners with community organizations that specialize in mental health/social service support to veterans, curriculum advising, physical health and academic support to veterans returning to earn their degree.
Student Veterans of America Chapter
This chapter at NLU allows veterans to connect with their peers. With frequent meetings and a dedicated Veterans Lounge area, returning to college is easier with the support of this helpful community.
Veterans Program Team
An advisory committee comprised of 20 volunteers, all with a wide variety of military backgrounds, works with the University staff to ensure that the NLU Veteran’s Program offers a comprehensive curriculum focusing on the veterans' needs and unique circumstances.
Financial Aid Options
NLU offers a variety of tuition assistance programs. New for the 2013-2014 academic year is the Yellow Ribbon participation where 100 percent of tuition charges beyond the $19,198.31 will be covered for an unlimited number of veteran students who qualify under the post 9/11 GI Bill requirements.
Active-duty students will receive a 25 percent discount and can be combined with military tuition assistance and federal financial aid to minimize out-of-pocket expenses.
Veteran students not eligible for Yellow Ribbon and dependent children and/or spouses of veterans are given a 15 percent tuition discount at NLU.
NLU is invested in military veterans’ families and extends many financial benefits to veterans’ spouses and dependents.
Higher Education Institutions Can Create a Smooth Transition from Combat to Classroom
With the enhancements to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, expanding benefits to service members and previously excluded veterans, colleges and universities will continue to see enrollment numbers increase. These veterans will seek support from these institutions’ administrations, faculty and their fellow student veterans.
The growing amount of government, private and non-profit resources are in place to help negotiate the transition out of military service to civilian life. Higher education institutions can serve this growing population of returning military troops through improving existing campus programs and services that are both veteran-friendly and veteran-specific. Committing to veterans will not only ease the transition process, but also make the educational experience successful as they embark on their careers in the civilian marketplace.
1Department of Defense, Public Affairs Office. 2009. Number of Deployments for Those Ever Deployed By Service, Component and Reserve Type for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (based on the Contingency Tracking System), as of 31 December 2009.
2Steele, Jennifer, Nicolas Salcedo, and James Coley. 2010. Service Members in School: Military Veterans’ Experiences Using the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Pursuing Postsecondary Education. Washington, DC: The American Council on Education.
3American Council on Education (ACE), “Serving Those Who Serve: Making Your Institution Veteran Friendly,” Transition STEM Artifacts and Resources Online, accessed August 9, 2013, http://tsar.omeka.net/items/show/25.