Have you recently asked yourself, “I’m ready for college, now what?”
Most of the veteran students I talk to say that unlike the clear structure and organization of the military, the process of enrolling in college is convoluted and vague. Rather than moving directly from point A to point B, they feel like they are mired in an endless maze of bureaucracy to apply for admissions, VA educational benefits and financial aid, in addition to the hurdles of registering for classes and learning their way around campus.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) recognized this concern and addressed it during this year’s annual convention. NACAC has provided a detailed checklist to help veterans get started.
Here are some main points:
- Decide on an approved Veteran Affairs (VA) Education Program
- Choose a university
- Contact the VA Certified Official at the institution and ask if your program is supported
- Compile all transcripts and paperwork
- Apply for VA benefits
- Complete the Student Financial Aid Application (FAFSA)
- Apply for scholarships and grants
- Apply for admission
- Ask about additional placement testing
- Attend orientation
- Contact an academic advisor
- Seek additional support for help filling out VA forms
Saint Louis University offers nearly 100 undergraduate programs that are challenging and relevant in today’s world, so you’re sure to find something that interests you. SLU also provides academic and social support for veterans as well as other services.
Finally, if you need help starting your college career at Saint Louis University, we are here to help. Schedule a visit or give us a call today:
Admissions / Transcript Review
Registrar Coordinator / VA Certifying Official