Veteran’s Day & The Schools That Honor Vets Year-Round

This year, 11/11/11 wasn’t just a special date because of the number sequence that occurs only once each century. This year, it was also Veteran’s Day; a time to thank the brave men and women that have served and still serve our country!

Universities all around the country participated in various activities to commemorate Veteran’s Day and show their respect for our country’s veterans. As a program with a special focus on helping military members and veterans quickly and cheaply earn a college degree, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the institutions that do this year-round.

Transitioning from a war-zone into the classroom can be very difficult for military veterans, often due to symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One school that understands the unique needs these veterans have is the University of Maine in Augusta (an institution which delivers and accepts DSST exams for credit), a university that has made small but very key changes to campus life by creating a lounge area with couches, TVs, and computers specifically for veteran students to meet and help each other. What’s more, they’ve hired a coordinator of veteran services, offer extra counseling, and even provide veterans with free entrepreneurial classes.

Also worth mentioning are the services and benefits available through the veteran affairs department at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond (an institution which awards credit for DSST exams), ranked as the #1 school for veterans in 2010 by Military Times EDGE magazine. The following are some of the ways EKU has made life easier for veterans:

•Waiving application fees.
•Offering in-state tuition regardless of residency, since military personnel serve all 50 states.
•Giving priority registration, because veterans may lose educational benefits if they are shut out of courses in their degree plan.
•Granting credit for prior learning in the military.
•Providing tuition-payment extensions and vouchers for textbooks if benefit payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs are delayed.

As more universities begin to implement similar services for veterans and military members, more of our brave servicemen and women will find going back to school a viable option. Combine these helpful services with one or several DSST tests (formerly known as the DANTES exam), and suddenly earning a degree is easier than ever.  For just $80 per exam (plus a sitting fee), veterans can be awarded three college credits in a matter of hours, putting them on the fast track to graduating college and entering the workforce.

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