Advisor Briefing Day 2013 Student Veteran Support Update Col. Jerry Smith ’82, USMC (Ret.) - Veteran Resource & Support Center (VRSC) Nick Kilmer - Veteran Services Office (VSO) Karen Cambronero - Military Admissions Serve Well Those Who Have Served! First things first… THANK YOU! The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® List is out… – Honors the top 20% of colleges in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, & spouses as students & ensure their success on campus…Texas A&M MADE THE LIST!!! Today’s Mission… • • • • • • TAMU Veteran Support Offices Our Student Veterans & Dependents Military-Affiliated Student Financial Update Military Admissions Update New VRSC Support & Resources What else do you want to know? Q & A VSO, VRSC, & Military Admissions The Veteran Services Office (VSO) • Responsible for veteran educational benefits, scholarships & financial aid advising. • Pavilion, Room 205 • https://veterans.tamu.edu/ 979-845-8075 The Veteran Resource & Support Center (VRSC) • Identifies, develops & provides uniquely tailored resources for military affiliated students & their families…the “one-stop” referral shop! • Koldus, Room 112 • https://veterans.tamu.edu/ 979-845-3161 VSO, VRSC, & Military Admissions Vet Success On Campus (VSOC) Counselor • A collaborative effort between the host university & VA to provide on-campus support for Veteran students. • VSOC Mission - Provide supportive services necessary to ensure that Veteran students are successful in their academic pursuits, adjust to the campus environment, & eventual transition to civilian employment. • Koldus, Room 112 & Pavilion (Email Lynne for office hours) • Lynne McIntrye ‘91 • [email protected] 979-458-3886 VSO, VRSC, & Military Admissions Military Admissions Liaison • Counsel/Advise prospective military students on admissions process, policies & veteran programs. • Connects prospective military students with college /department advisors. • Coordinates with Deans/Dept Heads/Advisors to resolve military student admissions (or other) issues. • Initial contact for Military Service Credit questions & the new VETS Program. • Koldus, Room 112 (now in the VRSC) • https://veterans.tamu.edu/ 979-862-4087 • [email protected] VSO, VRSC, & Military Admissions Veterans.tamu.edu has been upgraded…It is the starting point for connecting anyone to veteran related information & services provided by these offices. Admissions VSO VRSC Our Student Veterans & Dependents Students Receiving Veterans’ Benefits • • • • • (as of 11 Sep ‘13) Veterans* – 521 Active Duty Service Members – 22 Total Current or Former Military - 543 Dependents of Veterans – 1,616 Total Military Affiliated Students – 2,159 *This figure does not include student Veterans not receiving educational benefits. We estimate that there are over 700 student Veterans on campus. The Typical Aggie Student Veteran • Older (26 average) • Married/Families (40%) • Still serving (Reserve/Nat’l Guard) (30%) • Combat (55%) 15% with 20+ months deployed) • Transfer Student (69%) • Time in Service (5.4 years average) • 36% Grad Students • Plus…400+ Faculty/Staff Veterans Typical Issues & Challenges • The BIG 5: Benefit Processing, Health Care, Insurance, Academic Advising, & $$$ (bills, billing cycles, living expenses) • • • • Isolation, Alienation or Loss of Identity Transition to a large campus/classes Time Management PTSD/TBI – Anger Management – Relationship & Trust Issues – Substance Abuse • Transfer Student GPA Drop Military Admissions Update • The new “normal...” • Over 130 new contacts per month!!! • Most requested academic programs • My Role • Listen to these “Non-Traditional” Students • Stress research into major selection • Reduce the “unrealistic” academic pursuits • Connect them with the experts…YOU!!!! • Military Service Credit Requests Military-Affiliated Student Financial Update Financial Resources Available • Veteran & Dependent Benefits • Can be used at other institutions while degree seeking at A&M. • Can be used for UG, GR, or PR/PL. • Federal (VA Chapter) Benefits - Pays either T/F, Books, & Housing, or a Monthly Stipend. Tutoring assistance also available. • State Benefits (Hazlewood Exemption) - Pays T/F Only!!! • Veteran & Dependent Scholarships • Must submit University Scholarship Application. • • Financial Aid Military Affiliated Non-Resident Tuition Waivers/Payments • Military Personnel & Dependents Waiver • Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Military-Affiliated Student Financial Update Applying for Veterans’ Benefits • Apply for benefits every semester. • First-time recipients can apply after being admitted (don’t have to be registered for courses). • Renewal recipients can apply after registering for courses. • Veterans.tamu.edu • Explains the documents required for each benefit. • Explains how students apply for Federal or State Veterans’ Benefits. • Students must put their UIN on each page of every document. • Documents will only be accepted via fax, mail, & in-person. They will not be accepted via email for security reasons. Military-Affiliated Student Financial Update Benefit Processing Timeline • VSO processing time is only 5-7 business days…but the VA may take several weeks to send deposits/checks. • The Status Tab of the Financial Aid Portal shows the processing status of student documents (Requested, Missing, Incomplete, Complete, etc.). • While students can submit their benefits documents after being admitted, their benefits will not be processed until after they have registered for courses. On-Campus Services & Support • • • • • • • • • • • Academic Advisors Just like a military Faculty & Staff base…at TAMU the Peers & Peer Mentors resources are Veteran Services Office/VSOC provided… VRSC/Military Admissions/VSOC Academic Success Center Student Counseling Center Disability Services Residence Life Student/Professional Organizations Aggie Veteran Network They just need to connect! New VRSC Support &Resources The Aggie Veteran Network (AVN) Connects Aggie student vets, dependents, military families, & veteran faculty/staff with each other & with external organizations. The Mission: First, to connect those who provide, resources & support to our students. Second, link our military affiliated students with high-impact opportunities to support each other & the local community. New VRSC Support & Resources • • • • • • • • • • • New Student Conference & Vet Camp Vet Connect Events VETS Program (w/ Blinn) Vet Only History Course Student Veteran Association & Delta Company Programs Aggie Veteran Adaptive Sports Club Riding Therapy - Equine Services for Heroes Program Peer Mentoring Program Student Veteran Recognition Programs Scholarships, Event Tickets & Aggie Rings Faculty/Staff Veteran Awareness Programs What else do you want to know? QUESTIONS??? Serve Well Those Who Have Served!