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Establish Specific Points of Contact

A major frustration voiced by veterans who have returned to school is that the process is overwhelming. It’s a known fact that the military is complex, full of bureaucracy, but this complex navigation is part of the veterans' training from the onset of their military careers. While very complicated, they are taught to understand it.3 This isn’t the case when having to start from the beginning in a collegiate environment.

Higher education institutions, like NLU, that offer specific points of contact within the college or university offices, such as admissions, financial aid, career services, spiritual counseling and academic advising, will make the experience that much easier for Veterans.

Veteran-Specific Learning Communities

By virtue of their backgrounds, student veterans generally do not connect with younger classmates who have not shared their experiences. Colleges and universities that offer veteran-specific classes find that servicemen and women are able to foster these relationships and enhance their educational success.1,2

Community-Based Approach

Colleges and universities have developed partnerships to better respond to various student challenges. Those educational institutions also have tapped into other relationships to create integrated and comprehensive programs and services for student veterans and their families. This approach that fully addresses issues, including health care and employment, helps these veterans stay in college and fulfill their educational goals.

Veterans Do Have a Voice

Institutions are learning what works and what doesn’t work for veterans. By letting them have a say in policies and procedures, veterans will feel integrated and have a sense of contributing to improving programs and resources. A true sense of belonging makes the transition that much smoother.

Viable Tuition Options

The Post 9/11 GI Bill has changed the way benefits are disbursed, causing delayed educational financial assistance to veterans.  Instead of adding to this frustrating process, colleges and universities are adopting tuition options as well as for the purchase of books and supplies.

National Louis University’s Veterans Program

Recognizing that veterans have spent their military career serving their country, National Louis University’s Veterans Program now serves them with a comprehensive array of programs and services. From career development services to financial aid, NLU helps veterans make a smooth transfer from military to academia and to a career in the civilian workplace.

As part of National Louis University’s Veterans Program, the Director of Armed Services and his team works with students to identify different support available to them through the University, including key partnerships.

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    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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