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    Study: More than half of student veterans graduate

    More than half of the veterans who used their GI Bill benefits ultimately graduated, although it took many longer than traditional students.

    A study conducted by the Student Veterans of America (SVA) found that 51.7 percent of veterans using their GI Bill benefits between 2002 and 2010 earned a post-secondary degree or certificate. That’s slightly lower than traditional college students at 59 percent in 2011.

    "Americans have invested substantial dollars in giving our veterans an opportunity to further their education and this report shows many positive signs that they are doing just that," says Wayne Robinson, SVA president and CEO. "The majority of student veterans accessing their GI Bill benefits are completing degrees and showing unparalleled determination to do so, despite many unique barriers. A single deployment can interrupt a student veteran's education for at least 9 to 13 months, but they're returning to the classroom and completing."

    The study is the first to measure the success of post-9/11 student veterans.

    Among the study's findings: Although many take longer than traditional students to graduate, most student veterans complete their initial studies and often earn additional higher level degrees as well. Their delayed completion is due in large part to the unique challenges facing student veterans, including age differences, putting their studies on hold to serve in the military, deployments, full-time work schedules and family commitments.

    SVA partnered with Veterans Affairs and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) to match two sets of data: a randomly selected sample of nearly 1 million Montgomery and Post-9/11 GI Bill veteran education beneficiary records from 2002 to 2010, and U.S. student postsecondary enrollment and completion records collected by the NSC.

    A total of 788,915 records were analyzed, representing about 22 percent of the student veteran population receiving GI Bill benefits for that period.

    The report shows the majority of students complete a bachelor's degree within four to six years and associate degrees within four years. Many of these veterans did not follow the path of traditional college students. Some enrolled in college after high school graduation, withdrew to join the military, then re-enrolled after military service. Other veterans enrolled in postsecondary institutions after they completed their military service; still others earned college credit before, during and after military service but may have needed to repeat some coursework that was lost due to deployments.

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    SUMMER SEMESTER for VETERANS!

    Make the most of your summer – get ahead, get finished.

    Summer sessions are a great way to shorten the time it takes to earn your degree.

    Among the benefits:

    • The summer sessions are in a shorter timetable and are concentrated sessions.
    • Class sizes are typically smaller.
    • You can take one course at a time and focus your energy on managing your time, not juggling several courses.

    Registration opens March 31, 2014. For more information: http://www.usm.edu/provost/summer-sessions-southern-miss


    Women's History Month: Focus on Our Military Women

    Take a look at the special report put together in tribute to the incredible women of our Armed Services of yesterday and today. Read through the President’s and Defense Department’s proclamations, profiles of currently serving high-ranking officers and inspiring service members of years past, a detailed timeline of service starting in 1775, and much, much more. Browse through scholarship and grant information, commentary and editorial, and current events and celebrations here.


    VA, DoD Team Up to Improve eBenefits by Migrating National Resource Directory

    The Department of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with the Departments of Defense and Labor, will be integrating the National Resource Directory (NRD) into eBenefits to improve access to health care, benefits information and more. Veterans will be able to find enhanced self-service capabilities and resources from one site, improving access to information and assistance. The NRD offers more than 15,000 resources that have met quality assurance criteria to ensure that every program and organization listed is acting in good faith and making a positive difference for Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their Families.

    While some functionality will change, the majority of existing capabilities will still be available after the integration allowing the NRD to continue to address the needs of Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, and their Family Members by providing direct access to resources. Integrating the NRD into eBenefits is just one step the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) is taking to improve access to health care and benefits for Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, and their Family Members. eBenefits users can also now seamlessly access MyPay with single sign on and order prescription refill, secure messaging with physician and view medical appointments through the MyHealtheVet Blue Button. For more information, go to https://www.ebenefits.va.gov or call VA’s toll-free number at 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or email the NRD at infonrd.osd@mail.mil.


    PNC-SVA Scholarship

    Fund the path to personal achievement

    Student Veterans of America and PNC Bank are proud to award three $10,000 scholarships to veterans pursuing a degree or credential in finance, accounting, or related fields and who embody the principle of 'Serving with Integrity'.

    With this partnership, we seek to empower those student veterans who lack the financial means to an education that will help launch their civilian career. This opportunity will serve to build a diverse and competitive pool of candidates to meet the emerging workforce demands of institutions like PNC Bank, while simultaneously investing in your personal success.

    Please visit our website for further information.