- The US Congress has authorized the GI Bill and the Gill Bill Forever to benefit Veterans and their family members. The US Department of Veterans Affairs manages the benefits program.
- The US Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program offers transition services, employment resources, independent living assistance, and specific services for Veterans, their spouses, and employers.
- Tuition Assistance and Scholarships
- The NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs offers educational opportunities and assistance through the GI Bill, tuition assistance, scholarships, and apprenticeship programs.
- The US Department of Defense has developed Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE, an information and comparison tool designed to aid participants in making an informed decision about their postsecondary education plans.
- Being charged out-of-state tuition and fees? Using Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits? Learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program to insure that in-state tuition and fees are charged for public institutions and that tuition and fees for private schools are reduced.
- If you are a Veteran or dependent of a Veteran who was discharged from active duty service within three years of attending school and using Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, you may be eligible for North Carolina’s in-state tuition rate.
- A number of scholarship and internship programs are available for military dependents.
- Military OneSource provides easy online access to resources for families with children from grades K-12. It also provides supports services such as counseling, education consultations, and tutoring services to service members and their families. Military One Source can also assist in locating scholarships and financial assistance for military dependents and provides a digital library of resources.
- The US Department of Defense and Purdue University collaborated to provide students and recent graduates an opportunity to experience high-quality children and youth programs on military installations around the world. Internships are available in the spring, summer and fall for both college students and recent graduates.
- Fisher’s House manages two scholarship programs: the Scholarships for Military Children Program and Heroes’ Legacy Scholarships. The former awards at least one $2,000 scholarship at every commissary location that receives qualified applications. The program in open to dependent, unmarried children of active-duty personnel who are under age 23; Reserve Component members, National Guard and retired military members; and survivors of service members who died while on active duty or survivors of individuals who died while receiving retired pay from the military. The Heroes’ Legacy Scholarships honor those who fell in battle and all who died or became disabled through their active military service since Sept. 11, 2001. The program is open to their dependent unmarried children under age 23.
Information for Veterans Considering Higher Education
- Going back to school? Complete an annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for Federal Student Aid (this will not affect GI Bill benefits).
- The North Carolina Justice Center conducts a project on Predatory For-Profit Schools to educate postsecondary students about the deceptive and questionable practices of for-profit schools. It also offers legal assistance and other resources.
- Looking for part-time work while attending school? Using GI Bill benefits? Contact your campus’s VA Educational representative for information on the school’s VA Work Study Program.
- Student Veterans of America is a 501(c)(3) coalition of student Veteran groups on college campuses across the globe with a mission “to provide military Veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation”. The organization has conducted research on its constituents and has posted briefs on demographics, majors, and academic performance.
- Vet Centers offer their individual and group counseling services; education and outreach; employment assessment and referral; and VBA benefits explanation and referral at no cost to active duty and reserve component service members, Veterans, and their families.NC has six Vet Centers:
- Charlotte – 704-549-8025
- Fayetteville – 910-488-6252
- Greensboro – 336-323-2660
- Greenville – 252-355-7920
- Jacksonville – 910-577-1100
- Raleigh – 919-361-6419
- NC Vet Center Map Final
For immediate, confidential assistance 24/7, contact the Vet Center Call Center at 1-877-WAR-VETS (927-8387). The line is staffed by combat Veterans from several eras and family members of combat Veterans. In addition, the Vet Centers staff Mobile Vet Centers (MVCs) that can be scheduled for campus visits. The MVCs extend the Vet Centers’ outreach through direct services and referrals to community resources.
- Nine NC National Guard Education and Employment Centers are scattered throughout the State and offer educational and employment services to Army Guard, Air Guard, Veteran and military retirees, and dependents. See attached PowerPoint to upload; it includes a map with locations of the centers on slide 8. It also offers steps for how to register for services.
- The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, NC Department of Health and Human Services provides counseling, training, and other support services to Veterans to assist them with living independently and with finding and sustaining employment. The Division operates over 70 local offices throughout the State (https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/dvrs/vr-local-offices).
- The NC Department of Public Instruction offers the Troops to Teachers program, which provides counseling and referral services for transitioning service members. Financial assistance is also available. For more information, call 888-878-1600 or visit their website.
Information for Higher Education Administrators, Faculty, and Staff
- The US Department of Veterans Affairs has developed the VA Campus Toolkit to assist in the development of Veteran friendly campuses in higher education.
- The American Council on Education (ACE) has developed a website that serves as a toolkit for community colleges and universities interested in developing a military-friendly environment on campus. The website not only has a discussion board on relevant topics, but it has short (2-3 minute) videos of university staff (and student Veterans) talking about different aspects on how to Start a Successful Program. Videos address topics such as career transition, peer mentorship, military transcript review, understanding benefits, identifying student veterans, Veteran counseling programs, training faculty and staff, and more.
- NC STRIVE (Student Transition Resource Initiative for Veteran’s Education) targets administrators, faculty, and staff in 2-year and 4-year public and private higher education institutions through educational conferences. The purpose is to heighten awareness of military culture; to educate about the potential impact of deployment on behavioral health and academic learning; and to provide information on civilian and military services, supports, and resources.
- An online course, Student Veterans Health: What College Health Professionals and Faculty Need To Know, offered by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the National Center on PTSD, and the Red Sox Foundation. MGH and its partners offer a number of free online courses, which are excellent. Faculty are on the staff of the National Center on PTSD, US Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Emergency numbers for Student Veterans that higher education staff may download, print, and post on bulletin boards and in hallways.