TU is a great university for veterans

November 19, 2013 10:00 AM

Fran Simon

Tulane is ranked No. 2 by U.S. News & World Report on its inaugural list of Best Colleges for Veterans.

Yellow ribbon

More veterans have been returning to college since the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill was enacted in August 2009, and they are looking for high-quality colleges and universities that fit their needs, according to the Best Colleges for Veterans rankings.

Tulane University, which ranks among the National Universities category, participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is designed to help students with out-of-pocket tuition and fees associated with education programs.

The Tulane School of Continuing Studies is part of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium and has an open admissions policy that requires a high school diploma or GED.

“Tulane University is affordable through our School of Continuing Studies and the Yellow Ribbon Program,” says Jeff Schiffman, senior associate director of admission in the Tulane Office of Undergraduate Admission. “We pay our respect to veterans and appreciation for their service by participating in this program.”

Holly DiDomenico in the Registrar’s Office, who serves as the veteran liaison, says, “We have around 300 veterans, spouses and dependents enrolled at Tulane since the new GI Bill allows veterans to transfer some or all of their education benefits to a spouse and/or children (Chapter 33). Also, some students are children of disabled veterans using VA education benefits (Chapter 35).”

The Veterans Affairs Office is an office within the Tulane Office of the Registrar, and there is a plethora of resources on the office’s website to guide veterans through the process of applying.

Some veterans use Veterans Administration Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Services, which provide educational benefits for a veteran with at least 20 percent disability, DiDomenico adds.

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