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Financial Aid, Student
Affairs, and the System
Working together for our Veterans
Bridgette Ingram
Heather Fountain
Agenda
• Student Veterans’ Concerns
• Veterans Support at Texas A&M University
• Connecting with the Texas A&M System
• Benefits
Agenda
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Beginning Attendance
Return of Title IV Aid
Cost
of Attendance
Proration
Student
Veterans’
Concerns
Award Proration
150% Subsidized Loan Limits
600% Pell Limit
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Scholarships
Student Veterans’ Concerns
• Financial Concerns
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Tuition
Room and Board
Childcare
Health Care and Insurance
• Academic Concerns
– Admissions Process
– Graduating on time
Student Veterans’ Concerns
• Personal/Social Concerns
– Feelings of isolation or alienation
• Non-traditional students with uncommon experiences
• No battle buddies
– Transitioning to civilian life
– Possible anger, relationship, or trust issues
– Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain
Injury
– Incorporating family into local community
Agenda
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Beginning Attendance
Return of Title IV Aid
Veterans Support at
Cost of Attendance Proration
A&M University
AwardTexas
Proration
150% Subsidized Loan Limits
600% Pell Limit
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Scholarships
Veteran Services Office
• Located within Scholarships & Financial Aid
Office.
• Under Division of Academic Services
• Office Structure
• Assistant Director
• Advisors
• One dedicated to VA processing
• One dedicated to Hazlewood processing
• Customer Service Representative
• Graduate Assistant
• Five VA Work Study Students
Veteran Services Office
• Processes federal and state education
benefits.
• Provides scholarship and financial aid
advising.
• Awards scholarships to military affiliated
students.
• Ensures compliance with federal and state
veteran benefit policies and regulations.
• Primary responder to military friendly surveys
and data requests.
Veteran Resource and
Support Center
• Under the Division of Student Affairs
• Office Structure
• Director
• Admissions Counselors
• Two dedicated to military admissions
• Report to Office of Admissions
• Housed with VRSC
• Office Manager
• Nine VA Work Study Students
Veteran Resource and
Support Center
• Connects prospective military affiliated
students with Admissions Counselors.
• Increases and improves campus and
community support for students and connects
students to these resources.
• Advises veteran focused student
organizations.
• Hosts trainings to educate faculty and staff on
student veterans’ strengths and challenges.
• Coordinates multiple campus programs.
Collaboration
• VetSuccess on Campus Counselor
• Co-chair Troops to College
• Co-present New Student Conference
presentations
• Utilize VA Work Study Students
• Vet Camp
• Boots to Backpacks
• Veteran Graduation Cord Ceremony
Agenda
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Beginning Attendance
Return of Title IV Aid
Connecting with the
Cost of Attendance Proration
Texas A&M System
Award Proration
150% Subsidized Loan Limits
600% Pell Limit
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Scholarships
Veterans Support Office
• Part of the Office of the Chancellor
• Provides leadership, guidance, and coordination
of services and support.
• Collects veteran related data across Texas A&M
System
• Connect veteran services offices across System
– Networking
– Best Practices
– Veteran Services Topics
• Military Friendly Symposium
• A&M Military Friendly Listserv
Agenda
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Beginning Attendance
Return of Title IV Aid
Cost of Attendance
Proration
Website
Award Proration
150% Subsidized Loan Limits
600% Pell Limit
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Scholarships
Agenda
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Beginning Attendance
Return of Title IV Aid
Cost of Attendance
Proration
Benefits
Award Proration
150% Subsidized Loan Limits
600% Pell Limit
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Scholarships
Benefits
• Separation of duties
– Focus on area of expertise
– Peak seasons differ between offices
– Divide and conquer
• Communication across divisions
• Increases veteran awareness throughout
campus
Summary
• Student Veterans Concerns
• Veterans Support at Texas A&M
University
• Connecting with the Texas A&M
System
• Benefits
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