Veterans Flocking To College As Wars Wind Down

Career College Central summary:

  • Some 1 million veterans and their dependents have enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities over the past four years, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. This influx of veterans has come with the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and more generous financial incentives that generally cover a veteran’s tuition, housing and books.
  • Many veterans face an array of challenges in making the transition to college life. Some are medical. Other challenges are academic. Veterans often have to sharpen their math, reading and study skills after being away from school for so long.
  • They face cultural hurdles, too. While many other freshmen are testing their independence after moving away from home for the first time, some of the veterans back in school are supporting a family, working evenings and weekends.
  • Veterans also must navigate the VA bureaucracy to ensure that their tuition and other aid, such as housing or disability benefits, are paid on time.
  • Now, increasing numbers of colleges and universities are taking concrete steps to help them make the transition. Nearly 400 veterans are attending class this fall at the school.

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